Atopic Dermatitis

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema. It is an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious skin disorder that begins in childhood. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Atopic dermatitis is a rash that usually starts in childhood. It may start out as dry, itchy skin. The rash may become very red and sore. Common places for the rash are in the elbow creases, behind the knees, on the cheeks and on the buttocks.

The rash can come and go for years. Most children outgrow it, but some people still have it when they are adults.

You are more likely to have atopic dermatitis if a family member has it. You cant catch it from other people.

You can use over-the-counter creams to help with the rash and itching. Your doctor also can give you medicine. But some medicines may make your skin thinner if you use them for a long time.

It is important to use a good cream or lotion every day with a few drops of water to keep your skin from getting dry. You should also avoid activities, clothes and foods that you know will irritate your skin.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.