Fast Five Quiz: Atopic Dermatitis Management

William D. James, MD


February 22, 2021

Figure 1. Atopic dermatitis, also known as "atopic eczema," is an atopic, hereditary, noncontagious skin disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the skin.

The goal of treatment for atopic dermatitis is to provide moisturization for dryness, allay pruritus, and manage inflammation of the eczematous lesions.

Patients with atopic dermatitis do not usually require emergency therapy, but they may visit the emergency department for treatment of acute flares caused by eczema herpeticum and bacterial infections.

Nonmedical measures, such as wearing soft cotton clothing, avoiding wool products, washing clothes in a mild detergent, maintaining mild temperatures in the home, using a humidifier, and avoiding specific foods that are associated with individual sensitivity, may be helpful in the management of atopic dermatitis.

Bathing in tepid water and application of a moisturizer to wet skin will help atopic dermatitis.

Learn more about atopic dermatitis treatment and management.


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