If you are dealing with itchy and inflamed skin that is swelling, cracking, and crusting, you may currently have atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a type of allergic hypersensitivity, and is very common, affecting a large portion of the world’s population. It occurs most often in young children, with 90 percent of cases developing symptoms before the age of five. At the Rendon Center in Boca Raton, we specialize in diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Risk Factors for Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis seems to be caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. People who live in climates with low humidity tend to have an increased risk of atopic dermatitis. Research suggests that those suffering from other atopic disorders such as seasonal allergies and asthma may develop the disease. Exposure to harsh soaps and detergents, cold weather, and stress can all exacerbate the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
The most common sign of atopic dermatitis is itchy skin. The itching causes sufferers to scratch and rub, which worsens the disease. An increased urge to scratch the skin is often apparent at night when daily tasks are no longer present as distractions for the intense itching. Red, dry, and inflamed patches of skin are common.
Some patients may develop scales on the areas of the skin that are particularly aggravated by the disease. Others will develop raised bumps that can become open and infected after prolonged scratching.
Atopic Dermatitis Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Rendon and her team will conduct an exam along with a review of family history to diagnose atopic dermatitis. Depending on your situation, she may want to see you several times to rule out any allergies or other conditions that could be causing your skin irritation.
Treatment consists of lifestyle changes and skin care regimens that will help heal the skin, reduce flare-ups, and manage symptoms when they do occur. Dr. Rendon will design a plan tailored to fit your individual case. Proper skin moisturizing while your skin is still wet, avoiding multiple soaps and lotions, and using warm water instead of hot during your showers will help keep your skin healthy.
If you feel like you may be suffering from atopic dermatitis, call the Rendon Center today to set up a consultation.