Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis is usually dependant on how severe the condition is, so it will vary from person to person.
Although not everyone will get the same results from the same methods, there are still several treatments for atopic dermatitis that are available to the public, both over-the-counter and prescribed by a doctor.
People who only have mild cases of this skin condition can usually get away with using an over-the-counter lotion and being aware of certain environmental factors that may irritate the skin more, such as allergens or chemicals.
Products containing antihistamines may also help to reduce the symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis. These types of products include allergy medicines, such as Benadryl and Zyrtec.
For more severe cases, a person may have to go see his or her doctor in order to be prescribed a medication. Prescriptions for the treatment of atopic dermatitis usually come in the form of a topical ointment or cream.
Doctors may prescribe products that contain hydrocortisone, but if the condition does not react properly to this product then corticosteroids may be prescribed.
Both hydrocortisone and corticosteroids are steroids that will help reduce inflammation on and around the affected area. Corticosteroids must be used sparingly as they may cause thinning of the skin, stretch marks and even infection. Hydrocortisone’s can also be used in combination with certain antihistamines to provide further relief of inflammation and itching.
Counselling is also another option that may help to reduce atopic dermatitis symptoms. The skin condition is usually in a visible area, which can cause embarrassment and insecurity in a person, especially to a child or teenager. Counselling may help a person come to terms with the condition and to learn how to cope with the stresses and anxieties of living with it.
There is no cure that will get rid of atopic dermatitis permanently.
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