Atopic Dermatitis (childhood eczema): An Overview – OnlineDermClinic Learn the signs, symptoms, and complications of this increasingly common skin disease. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) usually starts during infancy. Patients are at increased risk for hay fever, asthma, food allergy and hives. Watch our tutorials given by US Board Certified dermatologists. ATOPIC DERMATITIS (Eczema) MANAGEMENT GUIDE This is one of the most common skin diseases. In babies, it is most commonly called infantile Eczema. Although it can occur for the first time at any age, it usually begins in infancy. Many children outgrow the problem by young adulthood. The tendency to develop atopic dermatitis is inherited. There are three conditions, which are very similar diseases but involve different parts of the body — asthma, hay fever, and atopic dermatitis. Eczema is not contagious. While certain allergies may worsen Eczema, they are not the basic cause of Eczema. There is no cure for Eczema but most patients can be controlled with treatments available today. Control of the disease is essential because the itching and other discomforts associated with this disease can intrude on the quality of life. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS Soap is irritating to the skin of persons with atopic dermatitis, and should be used sparingly, if at all. A “soap substitute” such as CeraVe, Cetaphil, Purpose or Oilatum is recommended. Wool acts like sandpaper on atopic skin. Wool blankets, upholstery, rugs, car seats and coats should be avoided. Silk and synthetic clothes

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