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Atopic Dermatitis

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Atopic Dermatitis

Find Relief for Atopic Dermatitis Symptoms at Barrett & Geiss in Granville and Lancaster

Atopic Dermatitis

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common eczema types. What is known about this disorder is that in babies as young as six months, the immune system becomes overactive, which affects the skin. Atopic dermatitis affects people regardless of race and can last throughout adulthood. Scientists have isolated a genetic component, but it’s not shown to be the case in all people affected by this type of eczema.

Atopic dermatitis typically leads to inflamed and itchy skin. It can also cause scaly and itchy rashes. Scratching causes greater inflammation, and even infection and scarring; rashes may form as well. Breakouts can range from mild to severe and are typified by scales, bumps, and swelling.

The board-certified dermatologists at Barrett & Geiss Dermatology are skilled in treating atopic dermatitis and its associated infections. We can help reduce severe itching and skin rashes while preventing long-term eczema complications. Contact our offices in Lancaster or Granville, Ohio to schedule a free consultation.

Patient with acne and acne scarring on their chin and neck

Atopic Dermatitis FAQs

If you or your child has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, you probably have several questions and concerns. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions our patients ask. If you have more specific questions, please contact one of our dermatology offices in Lancaster or Granville.

For some reason, the immune system becomes confused and overactive, resulting in dry, itchy skin as a severe rash appears. Scientists have uncovered a genetic component showing that skin lacks specific proteins related to maintaining the barrier presented by the top layer of skin. It’s also the most common form of infant eczema, and while it usually gets better with age, this isn’t always the case.

While family history can increase the chance of developing atopic dermatitis, that component isn’t present in all people suffering from the skin disorder.

Regardless of this mystery, atopic dermatitis is at best an irritating condition and at worst extremely painful.

There are some definite triggers that can cause atopic dermatitis to flare up. Dry or improperly cared-for skin, heat and sweating, skin irritants, allergies, and even stress can cause symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Dry and/or humid weather can affect the skin and trigger breakouts.

Other known triggers of atopic dermatitis include the following:

  • Wool clothing
  • Some skin products, including harsh soaps or detergents that irritate the skin
  • Dust
  • Some steroid skin lotions
  • Dry skin
  • Skin infections
  • Hot baths or showers
  • Smoke
  • Chlorine
  • Seasonal allergies

These triggers can also make existing atopic dermatitis symptoms worse. Allergy symptoms that trigger outbreaks in people with atopic dermatitis can stem from a variety of sources, including environmental allergens and even pet dander.

There is no certain type of person who gets this form of eczema. While atopic dermatitis is most commonly a disease found in infants and young children, it can last throughout the teen years and into adulthood. It’s known to be associated with allergies but is not found in all children with allergies. In short, atopic dermatitis can affect anyone.

People with atopic dermatitis typically experience an itchy rash characterized by redness, swelling, and bumpy skin. Itching is common, and children may have a hard time refraining from scratching, which can lead to further inflammation, infection, and scarring.

Other symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:

  • dry skin
  • inflamed skin
  • scaly skin
  • Extremely sensitive skin

With proper treatment, a flare-up from atopic dermatitis lasts a few weeks. Gentle body washes and antibiotic creams aren’t always enough to control eczema in any form. It usually takes other treatments that require the help of a board-certified professional.

No, others cannot contract this disease from people with atopic dermatitis.

There are treatments for symptoms, but there is no known cure for atopic dermatitis. Some individuals only suffer in infancy and young childhood, while others show symptoms throughout adolescence and into adulthood. Atopic dermatitis can disappear for a period of months to years, then symptoms can pop up again later in life.

While atopic dermatitis is not life-threatening, it can lead to severe skin infections. These infections are often successfully treated by topical or oral antibiotics.

While there is no known cure, we can treat atopic dermatitis with the following methods:

  • Steroid creams and ointments such as hydrocortisone
  • Topical or oral antibiotics to treat associated bacterial infections
  • Creams or ointments that control itching

Our dermatologists at Barrett & Geiss Dermatology conduct thorough skin tests and examinations to determine whether you or your child are suffering the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and, if so, the severity of the condition. We’ll work with you to develop the most appropriate course of treatment.


Atopic Dermatitis Photos

If you think you or your child might have atopic dermatitis, you’re likely wondering what it looks like. The following pictures will help you determine your condition.

Patient Experiencing Dermatitis And Psoriasis On Their Arm And Leg
Patient Experiencing Dermatitis On Their Neck
Patient Applying Topical Cream To Treat Dermatitis
Patient With Psoriasis On Their Hand And Fingers

Find Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis in Granville and Lancaster, Ohio

Atopic dermatitis is at best an irritating condition, and at worst a chronic condition that can lead to severe skin infections and permanent scarring. It typically presents as a severe skin rash in its early stages.

If you think you suffer from atopic dermatitis, diagnosis and proper treatment are key. Early treatment is also crucial to avoid skin infections, especially if you suffer from a compromised immune system. Schedule an appointment in our Lancaster or Granville, Ohio offices to work with our board-certified dermatologists.

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