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Atopic Dermatitis Treatment Information
Common treatments for atopic dermatitis include:
- Topical medicines. Some of these are corticosteroids (reduces inflammation) and tacrolimus, an immunosuppressant (reduces immune-system sensitivity).
- Anti-itch medications. Over-the-counter medicines such as Benadryl and prescription medicines such as hydroxyzine may reduce itching.
- Systemic immunosuppressant medicines. Methotrexate, mycophenolic acid and cyclosporine are rarely used for those patients with severe atopic dermatitis that can’t be controlled with topical medicines.
Treatment also involves changes in what you eat, and in the fabrics and substances you allow to touch your skin. Daily moisturizers are a common requirement to reduce the vulnerability of dry skin caused by atopic dermatitis. Wearing cotton clothes and avoiding fabric softener also reduce skin irritation.
Atopic dermatitis cannot be cured, but children who develop it seem to grow out of it over a long period of time. This is partly because of changes in the body, but it is also likely that adapted behavior—wearing non-irritating clothes, eating safe foods, avoiding fragrances—removes the triggers of the disorder.
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Atopic Dermatitis Support Services
Much of your treatment for atopic dermatitis consists of behavioral changes, which you can learn about on reliable websites. You can also help your condition by knowing what to look for and report on when you visit your physician.
A Sampling of Atopic Dermatitis Support Services
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
This national government website provides extensive, well-organized information about atopic dermatitis and treatments available.
National Eczema Association
This website offers extensive information about eczema (atopic dermatitis) and its treatment, as well as online and local support resources.