Prevention and Treatment

Eliminating the triggers
The chief importance for patients with atopic dermatitis should be the triggers avoidance. By wool, nylon, stiff or irritating clothing evading, which may irritate the skin and promote sweating, environmental triggers can be reduced. As an alternative, wear cotton clothing that has been washed with a mild detergent. Use care with fabric softeners, which may bother the skin.

Keep good skin care. Good skin care starts with ample moisturizing and hydration, which declines itching and eczema formation. Skin hydration is upheld by the daily double use of skin moisturizing creams.

Evade lotions if likely, which hold too much water – this results in skin dehydration. The variance between a lotion and cream is that a cream has a rather greasy sense to it even after it has been applied to the skin. Evade clean petroleum jelly, which does not moist the skin, lest to be found on top of a moisturizer or moist skin.

If done in the right mode bathing can be beneficial; and dangerous if done wrongly. Shun particularly hot or cold water showers or baths. Attempt to bathe regular, and till the fingertips start to wrinkle immerse in the water. Blot dry with a towel (rather than rubbing), and while the skin is still moist rub in a moisturizing cream from head to toe in 3 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower. If the skin is permitted to air-dry before the moisturizer is applied, the eczema could get worse.

With the use of low-sedating antihistamines during the day, such as cetirizine, fexofenadine, loratadine, or with numbing antihistamines such as diphenhydramine or hydroxyzine at night itching may be at least partly controlled. It is debated whether antihistamines are useful in the atopic dermatitis treatment.

When eczema has degraded as an outcome of wild itching and scratching, medications are required to the problem control. Topical medications are used for all but the worst eczema flares; include topical steroids and a new class of medications called topical calcineurin inhibitors.

Topical steroids

The foremost line therapy for atopic dermatitis, and are accessible in lotions, creams, ointments and solutions (for the scalp), and most are by prescription only. Small concentration forms are obtainable over-the-counter. Medications in ointment forms are sturdier than cream forms, which are robust than lotion forms in overall. Topical steroids must be used in the lowest strength likely, for the shortest time possible, as side effects such as skin thinning, skin pigment changes and absorption into the body are probable.

Topical calcineurin inhibitors

For atopic dermatitis these comparatively new medications are recognized for short-term use in children older than 2 years of age. When used for mild symptoms, they do not cause skin thinning or pigment changes, and can be used securely on the face, and can aid lessen the topical steroids amount needed. The FDA lately elevated some security alarms concerning these medications.

Oral steroids

Not often, short oral steroids courses are prerequisite to attain atopic dermatitis severe flare control. Extreme care should be used, as though the eczema normally gets better on the oral steroids, a “ricochet effect” can happen with skin worsening shortly once the steroids are discontinued.

Oral and topical antibiotics

In certain circumstances, atopic dermatitis falling can be a result of a skin infection or common bacterium colonization, Staphylococcus aureus, and an antibiotics course against this bacteria type is prerequisite. It is typically benign to continue the topical steroids use even if the eczema is infected. Topical antibiotics are usually adequate for eczema localized infections, while oral antibiotics may be required for infections comprising larger skin areas..