How To Treat Skin Prone To Atopic Eczema

What is Atopic Eczema?

Eczema is a type of rash that has a variety of causes. Common usage of the term, however, has almost become synonymous with the medical condition known as Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczematous rash that is common. People suffering from an atopic dermatitis type of eczema have chronic problems with breaks out in itchy areas with scale, redness and overlaid with scratch marks. As the rash persists, skin becomes thick, moist and infected.  

Atopic dermatitis is inherited. People who inherited this type of eczema can begin suffering from eczema at any age. Most will show signs in childhood. The most common places for the rash is in the folds of the elbows or behind the knees, but it can affect any part of the body. 

If one of the parents have atopic eczema, then the children will likely have a predilection for it too. Because the eczema is related to asthma, hay fever and several common dry skin conditions (ichthyosis vulgaris and keratosis pilaris), any child of a parent with one of these problems may also get eczema. Many of the patients I have seen in my dermatology practice over the years have signs of being at risk for atopic dermatitis. Do you or a loved one have signs that put you at risk for atopic eczema? If so, let me help you keep your skin healthy and control eczema. Learn how dermatologists counsel eczema patients and see the products I use in my practice to help my eczema patients. Your skin can be healthy and comfortable, even if you are predisposed to eczema when you give it the right skin care. 

To learn more about signs and tips regarding eczema, see below resources:

 

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