On the World Day Against Atopic Dermatitis.
Rashes can be irritating, both in sight and the sensation they cause. There are people who live chronically with this type of skin disease and one of them is the atopic dermatitis. For this reason, we consulted the dermatologist Eduardo De Carli (MN: 58176) to explain what it is and what we can do about it.
"Atopic dermatitis – also known as atopic eczema – is an inflammatory skin disease that It is not contagious and can appear at any time in life.", The professional begins.
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It is manifested by red spots (erythema), scales and fissures of the skin, with a lot of itching and although it may appear on any part of the body, It is usually in crease zones (elbows, knees, groin, neck). It is usually diagnosed by observation of these lesions, although a biopsy may be indicated if necessary.
O land There are many causes of this condition: "There may be a genetic predisposition, although there are also environmental factors – dress, humidity – food – although in this case the expert warns that it is necessary to rule out that the patient does not have celiac disease – contact – types of clothes, soaps and hygiene products, perfumes- ".
Atopic dermatitis occurs intermittentlythat is, that the patient has bouts and periods of calm. "This is usually the case and is associated with stress and climate factors. Appears in early childhood and usually disappears over time. In any case, when it is extensive, the patient's life may become intolerable, "De Carli added.
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How to take care of ourselves? The dermatologist listed some tips to keep in mind:
– Have very short nails, so you do not get hurt and the area becomes infected.
– Wear cotton clothes.
– Keep skin very hydrated both internally and externally: take 2.5 liters of liquid (water, tea, mate) and use creams or emulsions containing urea and vitamin A, which are natural moisturizers;
– Watch the power.
– Use neutral soaps and unscented toiletries.
– Be aware, in each case, that may be the trigger of the episodes.
What if, after all, we had an outbreak? The dermatologist usually prescribes, depending on the case, topical anti-inflammatories -Can with or without corticosteroids and oral antihistamines, trying to avoid corticosteroids by mouth.