Atopic Dermatitis


Atopic Dermatitis

I. Definition:

Atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema or just eczema) is a name given to a stubborn itchy rash that occurs in certain people with sensitive or irritable skin. Eczema is common in infants and young children, and may disappear before adulthood. Eczema may clear for years, only to reappear later--often on the hands.

II. Cause:

* The cause is unknown. It's the result of a built-in defect of the skin that tends to run in families. This defect causes the skin to lose water and to become dry compared to normal skin. Eczema is not contagious and is not related to your general health.
* People with eczema have skin that is dry and easily irritated by soap, detergents, and rough wool clothing. Clothes washed or dried with liquid or sheet fabric softeners such as Cling, may also irritate the skin. Hot and cold weather often aggravates eczema. Certain allergies may worsen eczema, but they don't cause it.
* People with atopic eczema have a greater incidence of asthma and hayfever in themselves and in their families.

III. Treatment:

* Since eczema patients have a constitutional skin defect, no permanent cure is possible. However, there are very effective ways of controlling it such as ClearSkin-E Cream and similar natural treatments.
* Vaseline and cortisone compounds applied to the skin are the best medicines for controlling eczema. Most cortisone salves can be used safely for years. When large areas of the body are treated with strong cortisone preparations, periodic medical check ups are necessary. Strong cortisones shouldn't be applied to the face, armpits, groin, or rectal area.
* When using cortisone ointments always remember to use a little and massage it in well.

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