Atopic dermatitis can be hereditary – It is estimated that people with atopic dermatitis have at least one family member with this disease, asthma or rhinitis.

That genes play an essential role in its presentation.

This means that genes play an essential role in its presentation.

Atopic dermatitis can be classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the amount of skin affected; and the person’s age in childhood or adult atopic dermatitis.

But what is atopic dermatitis? It is a common disease that affects the skin. It is characterized by producing dry skin and red lesions that are very itchy. Also it can appear in different parts of the body.

According to Doctors, “patients with atopic dermatitis usually respond with an adequate lifestyle, direct treatment of the lesions, and medications taken against itching symptoms.”

This disease’s main symptom is longing, which could be so intense that it does not allow you to sleep at night.  As a complication of constant scratching, it can be associated with slight bleeding. People will also present reddened and dry skin.

There are numerous types of dermatitis, depending on the age of the patient, may have different symptoms:

  1. In infants, it can start at 2-3 months of age. In this age group, these lesions are more frequent on the face and scalp. They usually present a red skin rash associated with dry, scaling and itchy skin. The baby tries many times to scratch against carpets or sheets.
  2. In school-age children, the lesions are red and very itchy. They appear mainly in the creases of the elbows and knees, neck, wrists, ankles, and thighs’ inner region.
  3. It is usually less frequent and milder in adults than in children. It usually appears on the face, neck, and eyelids. The lesions are red and associated with itching and dehydrated skin; they may have flaking and secondary to scratching, may be complicated by superficial skin infections
  4. Long-standing atopic dermatitis tends to have thicker skin lesions.

It is estimated that 90% of people present symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis before five years of age;  half may continue with intermittent lesions as adults.

A more accurate result. In many cases, the clinical diagnosis delivered by the specialist can be based on the information provided by the patient and the detailed examination of the skin. The history of close relatives with asthma, rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis is essential information.

About treatments

The health specialist added, “Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic disease. This means that it can accompany those who suffer from it for a long period. When applying some treatment, it is done so that the patient remains disease-free most of the time and that the periods of crisis are not so severe”.

The treatment is not curative, but it can control and provides the following benefits to the patient:

  • Prevent atopic dermatitis from getting worse
  • Relieves symptoms of itching and pain
  • Reduces emotional stress caused by injuries
  • Prevents the appearance of infections
  • It contains the skin from continuing to thicken.

This treatment usually involves a plan that includes medications both taken and directly applied to the lesions and changes in lifestyle, both of which are equally important.

In more severe cases, phototherapy is an excellent therapeutic option.

“You cannot avoid suffering from atopic dermatitis; however, by maintaining proper skin care and the above recommendations, they help prevent the onset of crises and prevent them from being so severe”.