Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

This is a very common and misunderstood disease. It has been called “the scratch that itches.” Basically, it is an immunologic disease of hyper reactivity of the skin to many exogenous antigens. One of the major antigens which induces A.D. is the bacteria staphylococcus. Therefore, infections of the skin may worsen A.D. It is also a biochemical disease in which the components of the cells are abnormal and fail to hold water. This lack of hydration (dryness) interrupts the normal barrier of the skin and ultimately leads to the appearance of eczema. A.D. is an inherited tendency and is associated with asthma and hay fever. Just as the appearance of the eczema and the exacerbating factors are variable from one person to another, so are the treatment options.

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