A form of dermatitis characterized by red, itchy, scaly, or crusty patches that can be chronic or intermittent

Symptoms of Atopic Eczema

The following features are indicative of Atopic Eczema:
  • itching
  • red to brownish-gray patches
  • raised bumps
  • thickened, dry or scaly skin
  • raw or sensitive skin from scratching
It is possible that Atopic Eczema shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Atopic Eczema

The following are the most common causes of Atopic Eczema:
  • dry or irritable skin
  • mutation in the CARD11 gene
  • bacterial infection
  • environmental factors

Risk Factors for Atopic Eczema

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Atopic Eczema:
  • family history of eczema
  • family history of allergies
  • family history of hay fever
  • family history of asthma
  • living in urban areas
  • being African-American
  • having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Prevention of Atopic Eczema

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Atopic Eczema. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid fabrics, soaps and lotions that irritate your skin
  • avoid stress
  • avoid pollen, food and animals that patients is allergic to

Occurrence of Atopic Eczema

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Atopic Eczema cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Atopic Eczema most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 5-10 years

Common Gender

Atopic Eczema can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Atopic Eczema

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Atopic Eczema:
  • Physical examination: To examine the physical condition of the patient
  • Patch tests: To diagnose the allergic contact dermatitis

Doctor for Diagnosis of Atopic Eczema

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Atopic Eczema:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Atopic Eczema if untreated

Yes, Atopic Eczema causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Atopic Eczema is left untreated:
  • asthma
  • hay fever
  • skin infections
  • eye problems
  • irritant hand dermatitis
  • allergic contact dermatitis
  • sleep problems
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Procedures for Treatment of Atopic Eczema

The following procedures are used to treat Atopic Eczema:
  • Wet dressings: To treat severe atopic dermatitis
  • Light therapy: To treat eczema

Self-care for Atopic Eczema

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Atopic Eczema:
  • Take a bleach bath: Helps decreasing bacteria on the skin and related infections
  • Apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the affected area: Helps relieving itching
  • Use moisturizer: Helps treating condition
  • Avoid scratching: Helps to prevent eczema
  • Apply cool, wet compresses: Helps in protecting the skin and prevent scratching
  • Wear cool, smooth-textured cotton clothing: Helps reducing irritation

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Atopic Eczema

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Atopic Eczema:
  • Dietary supplements such as vitamins D and E, zinc, selenium, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil, oolong tea, probiotics: Helps treating eczema
  • Acupuncture: Helps relaxing body
  • Aromatherapy: Helps treating the condition
  • Bath therapy: Helps by providing relief against eczema
  • Bioresonance: Helps changing electromagnetic waves of body
  • Massage therapy: Helps treating condition

Patient Support for Treatment of Atopic Eczema

The following actions may help Atopic Eczema patients:
  • Support groups: Helps the patient to cope with condition
  • Family support: Helps providing emotional support
  • Counselling: Helps providing emotional support

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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