Atopic dermatitis occurs when the skin is not able to retain its natural moisture and this is typically seen in small children. It can also be experienced by people who fall prey to allergies and seasonal hay fever on a regular basis. The symptoms include itchiness and the growth of painful sores.
HOW IS ATOPIC DERMATITIS DIAGNOSED?
A pediatrician can easily diagnose whether the child has atopic dermatitis or not, by doing a physical exam and asking questions about medical history. The doctor may advise allergy testing to find the things that trigger the rash. Allergy tests can be done by an allergist (immunologist) or dermatologist.
HOW IS ATOPIC DERMATITIS TREATED?
Treatment of atopic dermatitis varies with the type of rash you develop. Mild rashes can be treated by hydrating the skin. More severe rashes that are extremely itchy or oozing or crusting, dermatologists treat them through bleach baths and wet wraps. Corticosteroid based medication helps in treatment of atopic dermatitis.
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Limited exposure to the sun and its UV rays is also generally recommended.