Atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, is often referred to as “eczema,” which is a general term for several types of inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of eczema; onset typically begins in childhood and can last through adulthood. The cause of atopic dermatitis is a combination of genetic, immune and environmental factors. In atopic dermatitis, the skin develops red, scaly and crusted bumps, which are extremely itchy. Scratching leads to swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, and finally, coarsening and thickening of the skin. There are many triggers that can cause eczema to flare up and testing may be required for some patients.
Many patients suffer from this condition for years, which can have a negative effect on both their emotional and physical status. The “National Eczema Association” endorses practices such as, moisturizing techniques and medication therapy (including new biologic treatments), which can have tremendous benefits.
If your doctor has recommended treatment and it has failed, do not become discouraged, as many times you have to find the right combination of medication that will specifically work for you. Take control of your eczema and make an appointment with your doctor today, as you may find a treatment that will specifically help you!!
As always, I wish you well and good health.
Dr. David H. Tottori