Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) Treatment in Miami
What Is Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)?
The most common form of eczema that affects children is called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a condition of dry and itchy skin that usually starts at three months of age and is one of the most common reasons children see a dermatologist.
Dr. Martin Zaiac at the Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center can advise parents on the best treatment options for atopic dermatitis.
What Are the Symptoms of Eczema in Children?
In babies, the cheeks, scalp and the outer parts of the arms and legs are usually affected. The skin can appear red and feel rough and itchy.
As children get older, rough, red and itchy areas also occur in the crooks of the arms, behind the knees and the back of the neck. Most of the time there is a family history of eczema, allergies and/or asthma. Sometimes the itching and scratching can be so severe that it can interfere with play, school, work, and sleep. Atopic dermatitis can have a negative impact on the whole family.
Can Childhood Eczema Go Away on Its Own?
Atopic dermatitis has a tendency to improve with age. In the majority of patients, the dry itchy patches clear by puberty. Some, however, will continue to experience flares into adulthood.
How is Atopic Dermatitis Treated?
Atopic dermatitis treatment involves gentle skincare for dry skin, the use of moisturizers, and the intermittent use of topical anti-inflammatory medications such as topical corticosteroids. If your child has atopic dermatitis, your pediatric dermatologist can create a treatment plan to help during flares and to keep your child’s skin clear.
What Happens if Atopic Dermatitis Is Left Untreated?
In the meantime, it is important to properly treat atopic dermatitis completely. Keeping the skin free from atopic dermatitis will not only improve the child’s quality of life, but it will also help prevent skin infections that are more likely to happen when the atopic dermatitis is active.