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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 forms of eczema. 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.

Skin affected by atopic dermatitis becomes inflamed and itchy 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 are skilled in treating atopic dermatitis and its associated infections. 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 are a sufferer or know someone who suffers from atopic dermatitis, it’s natural to have questions. We’ve collected the most frequently asked questions about this form of eczema.

For some reason the immune system becomes confused and overactive, resulting in dry, itchy skin and rashes. Scientists have uncovered a genetic component that affects a protein related to maintaining the barrier presented by the top layer of skin. But that component isn’t present in all people suffering from atopic dermatitis.

Regardless of this mystery, it’s 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
  • Harsh soaps or detergents that irritate the skin
  • Dust
  • Hot baths or showers
  • Smoke
  • Chlorine

There is no certain type of person who gets this form of eczema. While it 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.

Atopic dermatitis is typified by redness, swelling, and small bumps. Other symptoms include dryness, scales, and extremely sensitive skin. Itching is common, and children may have a hard time refraining from scratching, which can lead to further inflammation, infection, and scarring.

No, other people can not contract this disease via contact with a person with atopic dermatitis.

There are treatments for symptoms, but there is no known cure for this condition. 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 the disease 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, symptoms of atopic dermatitis can be treated 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

Your dermatologist at Barrett & Geiss will conduct a thorough examination to determine whether you or your child suffers from 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 but may lead to severe skin infections and permanent scarring. If you think you suffer from this condition, diagnosis and proper treatment are key. Schedule an appointment in our Lancaster or Granville, Ohio offices to work with our board-certified dermatologists.

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