Treatment for Dry and Itchy Skin
What is Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema?
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) is a circumstance of heightened reactivity to everyday things, like pollen, dust, etc. “Atopic” means “having an allergic predisposition.” Onset is usually in childhood, typically affecting the flexor areas, (elbow creases, behind the knees), causing red, itchy dry skin. Classically, eczema dissipates with age and most cases convalesce around age 7. Most people with Atopic Dermatitis also have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. The staph bacteria multiply rapidly when the skin barrier is broken and fluid is present on the skin, which in turn may worsen symptoms, particularly in young children.
Other factors that can worsen signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis include: dry skin, Long, hot baths or showers, stress, sweating, rapid changes in temperature, low humidity, solvents, cleaners, soaps or detergents, wool or man-made fabrics or clothing, dust or sand, cigarette smoke, living in cities where pollution is high and certain foods, such as eggs, milk, fish, soy or wheat.
Eczema Treatment and Specialist in Miami
The key to Eczema Treatment is hydration; “Soak & Seal” is a type of eczema treatment. Soak in warm (not hot) water, using a gentle cleanser, gently pat dry and then seal in topical medications or moisturizers. Corticosteroid creams play an important role, as well as oral antihistamines to reduce itching as a eczema treatment. Miami Center for Dermatology has the best Eczema Treatment in Miami.
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