Living with atopic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema, can be more than just embarrassing—it can be uncomfortable, even painful. Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema that primarily presents itself as dry, itchy skin and can become red, swollen, scaly or cracked when scratched. Talk to your dermatologist about the condition; he or she can recommend both medical and home remedies that can soothe irritated skin and help you avoid flare-ups.
- Avoid Triggers: Because atopic eczema may be related to other allergic conditions, allergens and irritants can make your eczema worse. Avoid triggers like extreme temperature changes, scented lotions, and chemicals, all of which can exacerbate the condition. Other eczema triggers include itchy fabrics like wool and household substances like detergent or cleaners.
- Apply Moisturizer and Use Hypoallergenic Soap: Using a moisturizer can help to relieve dry skin, while hypoallergenic soap is free of irritating chemicals and gentler on the skin. Your dermatologist can recommend certain skincare products to use based on your particular symptoms. Apply moisturizer after bathing and throughout the day to keep skin hydrated, and consider using a cold compress to soothe itchy skin.
- Visit Your Dermatologist: An accurate medical diagnosis is necessary for managing your eczema effectively. Your dermatologist can help you identify possible triggers and suggest different management strategies like immunomodulator ointments or barrier repair creams that minimize moisture loss. In some cases, antihistamines or steroids can be administered for immediate relief.
For more information about eczema and skincare, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.