Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, also commonly called Eczema,  is a common skin disease in children. Though atopic dermatitis may begin in childhood, this condition may persist into adulthood.  Atopic dermatitis typically begins within the first year of life as dry, itchy and scaly patches on the skin. Atopic dermatitis can be long-lasting, it is important to learn how to take care of the skin. A Board certified dermatologist can develop a proper treatment plan to manage atopic dermatitis throughout childhood into adolescence and the adult years.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is caused when something touches our skin and causes a rash. These rashes can happen immediately after exposure or may occur over time. There are two main types of contact dermatitis, allergic and irritant contact dermatitis.

Common causes of allergic contact dermatitis include poison ivy, nickel and jewelry. The most common type is called irritant contact dermatitis. This type develops when something irritates the skin. Many common household products, with enough contact, can irritate our skin. The most common causes include water, foods and soap.

When a rash does not clear within a few weeks, you should see a board certified dermatologist.

Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema is an eczema that results in dry itchy skin and blisters, usually on the hands. Dyshidrotic eczema may last many years characterized by periods of flares caused by stress, warmer climates or having to wash hands frequently.

Hand Eczema

Though dyshidrotic eczema commonly occurs on the hands, there are other forms of hand eczema. In general, hand eczema can cause dry, chapped skin, patches of red  irritated skin and painful cracks in the skin. Hand eczema can be caused by an irritant or allergy to a certain product.

 

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