Atopic and atrophic dermatitis or autoeczematization are two different types of eczema. But they do share the resemblance of either having a dry rash or red itchy bumps as a symptom. Even so, atopic dermatitis is not the same as atrophic dermatitis which is used to describe widespread eczema and can therefore be any type of eczema with widespread rashes. The only exception is when atrophic dermatitis describes a widespread and more severe outbreak of atopic dermatitis.
What Is Atopic Dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disorder which results in the inflammation of the skin. The rashes that it causes may look highly contagious because they usually ooze, but they’re really not so you don’t have to avoid getting too close with someone who has it. If you have atopic dermatitis, then there’s no need to avoid skin contact with your family although it will be understandable why you might want to come in hiding from the public during a flare up. Other names for atopic dermatitis include dermatitis atopica, atopic eczema, and infantile eczema.
What Causes Atopic Dermatitis?
Your genetic pool is hugely to blame for your atopic dermatitis. There’s a very big chance that you got it from your parents or your grandparents. Previous generations don’t need to have atopic dermatitis to pass on the condition to you. The hazardous mixture of a family history of allergies and asthma is more than enough to make you more prone to having this chronic inflammatory skin condition.
A common cause of atopic dermatitis is a simple skin irritation (just like contact dermatitis). However, atopic dermatitis can be told apart from contact dermatitis with their different symptoms. Skin care and household products are two of the most common irritants known to trigger or aggravate symptoms of this condition.
Allergies can also cause atopic dermatitis. These allergies may be against food, medications, or anything a person may be allergic to – since every person with allergies has different things he/she is allergic to. In conclusion then, the causes of atopic dermatitis depend on an individual but everyone who has it acquired it genetically.
What Are The Symptoms Of Atopic Dermatitis?
The symptoms of atopic dermatitis rely on the age of the affected person. Adults, adolescents, children, and babies with eczema atopica have slight variations in symptoms. By and large, atopic dermatitis symptoms involve a dry skin rash with a tinge of red, brown, or grey color. These patches of dry skin may ooze and tend to progress and to red itchy bumps later on. When scratched, these red itchy bumps will get worse and spread to surrounding areas.
Can Atopic Dermatitis Be Treated?
Atopic dermatitis, as a condition, cannot be treated. It is a chronic skin condition that you will always have and it will always recur when triggered. Its symptoms, however, can be managed and this is referred to as “symptomatic treatment”.
Doctors usually prescribe eczema medication such as creams and ointments. These medications have steroids or other drugs that can decrease the skin inflammation that occurs with atopic dermatitis. Over the counter eczema creams and ointments also contain the same kinds of eczema medication but in lower dosages. Natural options like supplements and diets can also be utilized to treat atopic dermatitis. These treatments are just as effective (and sometimes better) as those prescribed by your doctors.
How Can I Prevent Atopic Dermatitis?
You can prevent the recurrence of atopic dermatitis by simply avoiding triggering and aggravating factors. Take note of what causes and worsens your atopic dermatitis so you will have an idea on how to prevent it.
What Is Atrophic Dermatitis?
Atrophic dermatitis is a term used to describe an eczema rash that spreads from a single source or point of origin. One rash leads to other, and so on.
What Are The Symptoms Of Atrophic Dermatitis?
The symptoms of atrophic dermatitis depend on which type of eczema you have although it is typically the “worst case scenario” of an atopic dermatitis gone bad. When atrophic dermatitis resulted from atopic dermatitis that worsened, then you can expect to see similar symptoms with atopic dermatitis, only, worse.
How Do I Treat Atrophic Dermatitis?
Atrophic dermatitis is best treated with eczema medication that needs to be ingested in order to achieve systemic results. Doctors usually prescribe anti-allergy medication. Natural options would be supplements with omega fatty acids.