Millions of people will seek atopic dermatitis treatment at some point. Atopic dermatitis is also called eczema. It’s a common problem that manifests as chronically itchy and inflamed skin that’s extremely dry and scaly. Eczema can erupt all over the body, though it tends to show up in the same spot over and over. People with moderate eczema might have episodes for three months out of the year while, patients with severe eczema might have them five months out of the year. The condition can be so uncomfortable as to interfere with sleep. Sometimes the sufferer scratches their skin so much that it become hard, thick and discolored, especially at the back of the knees, the elbows and the wrists.
Many sufferers have a family history of eczema and asthma, and the first flare up happens before they’re a year old. Many people do grow out of it, however. For those that don’t, there are times when eczema can make their life miserable.
Food Allergies And Atopic Dermatitis Treatment
Fortunately, there are many kinds of atopic dermatitis treatment. Some dermatologists see root the cause of the condition as allergies, particularly food allergies, and recommend that their patients eliminate foods they’re allergic to. The chief offenders here are cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, fish or peanuts, as well as preservatives and artificial colors. When these foods are taken out of the diet, many eczema sufferers see some improvement.
Some eczema sufferers also suffer from a deficiency in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish and flaxseed oil. Some dermatologists recommend that their patients increase the amount of fatty acids in their diet. Eczema patients who are allergic to fish might take the flaxseed oil or quercetin, an anti-oxidant that also fights allergies that can lead to eruptions of atopic dermatitis. Quercetin is abundant in green tea, gingko biloba and other foods. Eczema sufferers should also eliminate or restrict caffeine and alcohol. They should also lower the level of carbohydrates in their diet and eat regular, planned meals in a calm environment.
People with eczema are also allergic to other things like soap, creams with fragrance and perfume. Even the perfume samples in magazines can cause a flare up. They can also be allergic to bubble baths, shampoos, other foaming cleansers and chemicals. They can be allergic to metal, including the metal in their jewelry. Nickel is the most common metal that causes eczema flare ups.
Stress And Atopic Dermatitis Treatment
Besides allergies, people who suffer from eczema have also been found to be under more stress than the general population. It’s been shown that their eczema can also respond to stress management techniques. Some of the techniques are:
To first identify the sources of their stress and eliminate or reduce them.
• Eliminate negative reactions to stress. These reactions can be overeating and the abuse of legal and illegal drugs and alcohol. They can be smoking, watching too much television, spending too much time on the internet, emotional eruptions, overspending and any sort of excessive and nonproductive behavior. The patient should replace these reactions with more positive and constructive ones, like exercise and a healthful diet.
• Take time to perform breathing and relaxation exercises. At a minimum these should be done in five minute blocks, twice a day.
• Learn to manage their time more efficiently.
• Learn to better communicate and improve their personal and professional relationships.
Atopic dermatitis can also be treated topically. Unfortunately, the relief provided by steroids and cortisone creams is only temporary and can worsen the eczema in the long run because they thin out the skin. Thin skin can’t hold water in and dries out and can’t keep toxins out, and so is more susceptible to becoming inflamed. Even minor scrapes and scratches hurt more.
A dermatologist can prescribe other non steroidal medications that can reduce the inflammation, but the best way to reduce flare ups of atopic dermatitis is to keep the skin hydrated. The patient should even consider moving to a climate with more humidity if they live in a dry climate. They should put a humidifier in their home and avoid washing with hard water. They might want to invest in a reverse osmosis filter which can take the minerals out of hard water and turn it into soft water. Hot water can also dry out the skin and make it more at risk for outbreaks.
Thalassotherapy is also good for people with eczema. These include baths, mud packs and jet sprays that use seawater, though this sort of atopic dermatitis treatment should be used sparingly.