Atopic Dermatitis Treatment
Atopic dermatitis, more popularly known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition that makes the skin itchy and red. It can develop at any age but is more commonly diagnosed in children. It is characterized by periodic flareups and may be accompanied by hay fever or asthma. Dr. Emma Murad and Dr. Susan Spitzler provide effective treatment for atopic dermatitis at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can present in a variety of symptoms that appear differently from person to person. Common symptoms include:
- Dry skin
- Itching, sometimes severe and especially at night
- Red to brownish-gray patches on the skin
- Small, raised bumps that may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
- Thickened, cracked, scaly skin
- Raw, sensitive, swollen skin from scratching
There is no cure for eczema, but treatments can effectively reduce symptoms and help prevent outbreaks. Over-the-counter remedies can sometimes be effective when an outbreak occurs. If your atopic dermatitis causes symptoms that persist, prevent sleep or become infected, you should see Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler for treatment.
Advanced Treatment for Eczema
A simple examination is usually sufficient to diagnose eczema, although Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler may also perform a skin test to rule out any other diseases or conditions that could complicate your atopic dermatitis. Treatments typically focus on improving the skin’s condition to eliminate symptoms and prevent more outbreaks.
Common treatments for atopic dermatitis include medicated or antibiotic creams, anti-inflammatory medications, topical corticosteroids, injectable medications, and light therapy. After your eczema improves, our team may prescribe skin-moisturizing treatments and other therapies to prevent more frequent flareups. Other lifestyle modifications may also be recommended, such as warm baths, using perfume-free soaps, using a humidifier at home, wearing cool and smooth-textured clothing and reducing anxiety.
For effective and compassionate help in dealing with and preventing flareups of your eczema in and around the Atlanta Metro area, contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta. Call or use our online booking tool to schedule your appointment.