Struggling with irritated and itchy skin is common but persistent discomfort, redness, and itchy rashes can be a sign of severe skin concern known as atopic dermatitis.
For a better understanding of the condition, it is very important to comprehend the condition. The term atopic is derived from the Greek meaning "strange." and the term dermatitis simply means "inflammation" of the skin.
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In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes notably itchy and inflated. It is characterized by intense redness, inflammation, blisters, cracking, crusting, and scaly appearance of the skin. This eruption is also known as eczematous. In addition to these, extreme dryness of the skin is a very common complaint associated with the condition.
Atopic dermatitis can attack people of any age but it most often affects infants and young children. In some rare cases, the condition may continue to show its effects in the adult years. Some of the patients tend to show prolonged effects of this skin condition with severe ups and downs. In most cases, the condition affects the patients in stages namely exacerbations and remissions. The prolonged phases when the condition is worse is known as exacerbations or flares. This phase is followed by periods known as remissions, a phase when the condition of the skin improves and clears up completely.
Atopic dermatitis oftentimes occurs in infants mainly before the age of 5 and may persist into teen years and adulthood. In some cases, children who are affected by atopic dermatitis enter into a permanent phase of remission as they get older. However, the skin may remain somewhat dry and easily irritated for these patients.
Some common symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
The symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis can vary broadly from one patient to another. Here are some of the most common symptoms-
Red to brownish-grey rashes, particularly on the face and scalp in infants. It affects hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees
Small, raised and leaky red bumps
Thickened, impaired, and scaly skin
Wounded, sensitive, puffed skin
It is a common and often persistent skin disorder that influences a large section of the world's population. The atopy of this skin concern is a specific type of allergic hypersensitivity that is linked with asthma and inhalant allergy-causing agents.
Causes of Atopic Dermatitis
Although, the exact cause of this skin condition is not known, various skin doctors treat the following as the triggering causes associated with Atopic Dermatitis.
With this skin disorder, there is a known inherited segment of the disease. The tendency to get affected by this skin concern is more prevalent in already affected families.
Most skin doctors and specialists diagnose atopic dermatitis on the basis of the typical appearance of the rash and the distribution of the rash. Along with that, the patient's personal and family history of asthma and/or hay fever is put under a microscopic view.
Living in colder climates or overly pollution areas may boost the risk of atopic dermatitis.
It is always better to discuss the condition, procedures, and the cost of Atopic Dermatitis Treatment in Gurgaon before opting for one.
Treatments of Atopic Dermatitis
1. OTC medications and topical steroids
A more innovative variety of OTC (over the counter) creams and lotions have been lately developed which claim to restore and repair the skin's barrier function in the affected patients. These creams are commonly prescribed in combination with topical steroids and other emollients to help repair the overall dryness and broken skin function.
Phototherapy is a very effective treatment that is performed using light energies. In this procedure, ultraviolet A and B light waves or a combination of both are employed in a controlled manner. This approach can be an efficacious therapy for mild to medium dermatitis in older kids mainly who are over 12 years of age and adults.
Photochemotherapy is a compound treatment that involves ultraviolet light therapy and a medication called psoralen can also be used in cases that are resistant to phototherapy alone.
Quick tips to manage Atopic Dermatitis
Wear loose and comfortable clothes such as cotton fabric
Regular use of moisturizers to avoid skin dryness
Though it is an itchy condition, avoid scratching as it may aggravate the condition
Extreme temperatures can aggravate this condition, so one must avoid very hot or cold climates.
A humidifier can be used to keep the air moist
Stress can also be a trigger, so stress management is important
Many people believe that eczema is contagious.
But the truth is it is not. It can be caused due to family history but it definitely does not spread by touching an affected person.
It is always better to consult an atopic dermatitis doctor (one can meet Dr. Niti gaur in Gurgaon) to know all about this condition and get the right treatment.