Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Overview

Home Measures and Medications to Treat Atopic Dermatitis

We are learning more and more about the best ways to treat atopic dermatitis - the most common form of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is never cured, but it can be managed. Taking care of your atopic dermatitis means learning about condition, practicing good skin care, and having appropriate medicine for flare-ups.

While a visit to the dermatology is often needed, after that, atopic dermatitis is one of those diseases that requires people to manage their (or their child's) condition on their own -- because changes can occur from day to day.

Someone who knows how to manage their atopic dermatitis can do a lot to keep it under control.

Skin Care - More Important Than You Think

There is an astounding amount of research under way to help doctors understand the stratum corneum, the top layer of skin. Even more astounding is how complex this tiny layer -- about 10 cells thick -- is. Recent research has shown that using the right liquid cleansers and moisturizers in a consistent skin care routine can not only keep the skin from drying out as much, but also replace the skin's natural oils that are low in atopic dermatitis.

Atopic Dermatitis Skin Care

Things You Can Do at Home

Atopic dermatitis is known as "the itch that rashes." Managing itching is an important part of managing atopic dermatitis.

Atopic Dermatitis Home Treatment

Medications for Atopic Dermatitis

Most people need medications at some point to manage their atopic dermatitis.
Some people have to use medication every day because their atopic dermatitis is severe, while others only have to use medication for flare-ups. Often people have a range of medication they can use -- stronger ones for severe symptoms and milder ones for milder symptoms. It is important to know how and when to use the medications you are prescribed.
If you ever have any question about your medication, you should always ask your doctor.

Medications for Atopic Dermatitis


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