Atopic Dermatitis, also known as baby eczema, is a chronic eczematous skin infection that may be inherited. Atopic dermatitis often starts with a path of dry skin that is itchy, scratching of the skin leads to redness and inflammation of the skin. This leads to formation of tiny bumps that may ooze out or crust over. Mild atopic dermatitis is not very itchy and often goes away through hydration, but chronic dermatitis is extremely itchy and does not subside easily. Symptoms are itching, rashes, fluid-filled sores and oozing rashes.
HOW IS ATOPIC DERMATITIS DIAGNOSED?
You can pay a visit to a dermatologist to get the condition diagnosed. The specialist will usually put you through an allergy test to determine the triggers as well as a physical and visual examination based on the symptoms.
HOW IS ATOPIC DERMATITIS TREATED?
The treatment of Atopic dermatitis involves great amount of rehydrating the skin with emollients like petroleum jelly along with use of topical steroids to reduce inflammation and itching. In some cases the infections may aggravate rash for which antibiotics are prescribed. Lots of home care would be beneficial which includes lukewarm bath, keeping the area clean, avoid irritants, etc.
DID YOU KNOW?
Atopic dermatitis affects 15-30% of children and 2-10% of adults