Atopic Dermatitis

Island Dermatology -  - Board Certified Dermatologist

Island Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA & Glendora, CA & Downey, CA & Santa Ana, CA & Victorville, CA

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that can appear before the age of one, with 95% of all cases diagnosed by five years of age, and can also affect many adults. At Island Dermatology, patients receive exceptional care and support for atopic dermatitis from board-certified dermatologists Navid Nami, DO, and Leila Ettefagh, MD, and their exceptional dermatology team. They provide comprehensive treatment that includes teaching about self-care and prescribing the best medications to relieve symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call their offices in Newport Beach, Glendora, Downey, Santa Ana, and Victorville, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Atopic Dermatitis Q & A

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, is a skin rash that’s known for being extremely itchy. You can develop atopic dermatitis for the first time as an adult, but it most often appears before the age of five.

Though atopic dermatitis may go away during the teen years, the condition persists into adulthood for many. Children with atopic dermatitis also have a higher risk of food allergies, asthma, and allergic rhinitis.

What symptoms develop if I have atopic dermatitis?

The hallmark symptom of atopic dermatitis is itching, often intense itching that makes it hard to sleep—then scratching causes more skin damage, setting up a cycle of ongoing skin rashes.

Beyond itchiness, atopic dermatitis causes symptoms such as:

  • Red, itchy rash
  • Patches of dark, thickened skin
  • Swollen, discolored skin
  • Raised, dry, scaly patches of skin
  • Small, itchy spots that leak and crust over
  • Raw, bleeding, or oozing skin

The rash can appear anywhere, but it most often affects the cheeks, scalp, knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles.

How is atopic dermatitis treated?

Treatment for atopic dermatitis includes:

Caring for your skin

Keeping your or your child’s skin well moisturized is an essential part of atopic dermatitis treatment. Your provider at Island Dermatology can recommend gentle skin care products, teach about therapeutic baths, and offer tips for skin care.

Avoiding triggers

Skin that develops atopic dermatitis is vulnerable to irritants that trigger a symptom flare-up. Your provider helps you identify the triggers and create a plan to avoid them.

A few examples of common triggers include:

  • Detergents
  • Stress
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Certain foods
  • Dry skin
  • Fabrics
  • Skin care products

If you or your child have allergies, those allergens may be the top triggers. Your provider can run allergy tests such as skin tests and patch tests to identify the precise allergens. 

Using topical or injectable medications

The team at Island Dermatology may prescribe one of several possible topical medications that relieve itching, reduce inflammation, fight infection, and help to repair your skin.

If you need to find relief from itching or other symptoms of atopic dermatitis, call Island Dermatology or book an appointment online today.

 

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