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What can make atopic dermatitis worse?

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Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, a common condition that makes the skin get inflamed. You usually get atopic dermatitis as a baby or a child, but it can strike at any age.

Over time, scratching the skin can thicken and redden it. Scratching can also create wounds that become infected. Irritants can also make symptoms of atopic dermatitis worse, such as:

  • Soap
  • Rough clothing
  • Household chemicals

Foods, dust mites, and other allergy triggers can also make symptoms worse.

SOURCES:

Habif, T. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition, Mosby, 2009.

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine, 2nd edition.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Habif, T. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition, Mosby, 2009.

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine, 2nd edition.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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