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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) pharmacy treatment

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. Atopic Dermatitis is the most common form of Atopic Eczema and a condition shared amongst 18 million Americans. Though the exact cause of Atopic Dermatitis is unknown, researchers have correlated this skin problem to a combination of genetics, allergens, and environmental factors. Researchers have also found it is very common for people with Asthma and/or Hay Fever to develop Atopic Dermatitis.

The skin condition tends to form within the first six months of a baby’s life and is most common in children, though anyone can develop this form of Eczema at any point. It is usually long-lasting (chronic), tends to flare periodically and, at some point, reach severe atopic dermatitis.

Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

What are the symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis?

Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis can include dry skin, itchy skin, red to brownish-gray patches on irritated skin, most commonly found on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids, inside the bend of the elbows and knees, and in infants, the face and scalp. Small, raised bumps may also appear and potentially leak fluid or crust over if irritated especially on sensitive skin. All eczema symptoms can worsen if agitated by itching and/or rubbing the inflamed skin.

Atopic Dermatitis affects an estimated 10% of people worldwide at some point in their life.

While we know this skin condition can be passed down through genetics, it is not considered contagious and cannot be passed from person to person virally or through touch. It’s best to speak to a dermatologist regarding any skin infection, skin irritants or an allergic reaction to diagnose your symptoms appropriately.

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How can it be treated?

While there is no cure for Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema, there are ways to self-treat the area to relieve itching and prevent future breakouts most likely on sensitive skin. Avoiding harsh soaps and reducing stress can also help decrease eczema flare-ups, as well as using an eczema cream or these most common treatments below.

  • Topical steroid – These skin creams and gels can help reduce skin inflammation and relieve itching as a form of topical therapy.
  • TCI – TCI’s typically act on the immune system as eczema treatment to help reduce skin inflammation.
  • PDE-4 Inhibitors – PDE4 enzymes help regulate inflammation in your body. With Atopic Dermatitis, this enzyme can become overactive causing the inflammation to show on your skin. These inhibitors help to regulate this enzyme and decrease the overactive inflammation.
  • Moisturizers – Moisturizers can be used as an eczema treatment to help reduce dryness of the skin.

Recommended Ingredients

Our dermatology pharmacists recommend the following ingredients to help treat the condition:

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Desoximetasone
  • Triamcinolone
  • betamethasone

Get in touch today with our eczema pharmacy to learn more about treatment solutions for Atopic Dermatitis or severe eczema. We deliver free of charge.

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