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Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis services offered in Columbia, MD

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis can cause great discomfort and even affect your quality of life. The team of board-certified, expert dermatologists at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care in Columbia, Maryland, can provide an accurate diagnosis of your skin condition and offer effective treatment. Don’t delay calling for an appointment if you suffer from atopic dermatitis — call today or use the online scheduling tool for convenience.

Atopic Dermatitis Q & A

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It often starts in infancy or childhood and can persist into adulthood. Atopic dermatitis can vary in severity, with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to intense itching that can significantly impact your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis typically include:

Itchy skin

One of the hallmark signs of atopic dermatitis is intense itching, which can be persistent and worsen at night, leading to sleep disturbances.

Dry, red patches

Affected areas often appear dry, red, and inflamed; sometimes, they might ooze or crust over if scratched excessively.

Thickened, scaly skin

Over time, frequent scratching or rubbing can cause the skin to thicken and develop rough, leathery patches.

Cracked skin

Severe cases may result in cracks or fissures in your skin, which can be painful and prone to infection.

Sensitive skin

The affected skin can become more sensitive, making it prone to irritation from various triggers, such as certain fabrics, soaps, or environmental factors.

What causes atopic dermatitis?

The exact cause of atopic dermatitis isn't fully understood, but it's believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors.

Environmental triggers that can exacerbate symptoms and cause flare-ups include:

  • Certain soaps
  • Detergents
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Extreme temperatures

In addition, if you have a family history of eczema, asthma, or allergies, you’re more likely to develop atopic dermatitis. 

How is atopic dermatitis treated?

Treatment for atopic dermatitis aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent flare-ups. Some common approaches include:

  • Emollients and moisturizers
  • Topical corticosteroids or immunomodulators
  • Avoiding triggers
  • Antihistamines
  • Phototherapy (light therapy)

Managing atopic dermatitis often requires a personalized approach, as triggers and effective treatments can vary significantly from person to person. Your Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care dermatologist can provide a proper evaluation and tailored treatment to help manage your condition effectively. They can also provide at-home tips to help keep flare-ups at bay.

If you struggle with symptoms of atopic dermatitis, call the administrative staff at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care to book an appointment or use the convenient online scheduling tool today.