Atopic dermatitis: a dermatologist debunked 5 myths

How well do you know about Atopic Dermatitis (AD)? Most people think this is a normal skin allergy, or maybe it’s just children. But did you know that while Atopic Dermatitis is primarily diagnosed in childhood, one in four adults with the disease, develops the first symptoms after the age of 18? The majority of people who live with this condition usually recover from the condition by adulthood. However, 10 to 30 percent of children still suffer in their adult life. Therefore, it is necessary to dispel the myths of atopic dermatitis in order to obtain optimal care and improve the quality of life.

5 common myths about atopic dermatitis

Also known as chronic inflammatory eczema, atopic dermatitis is characterized by dry, itchy skin that oozes or weeps a clear fluid when scratched. Here is a list of 5 common myths you should be aware of:

1. Itchy skin is not a big problem:

It may not seem like a major skin concern when a person has the dry, itchy skin associated with Alzheimer’s disease. However, it tends to grow over time and cause long-term damage to the skin. There are many studies that indicate that nearly 90 percent of Alzheimer’s patients suffer from Alzheimer’s disease daily itch In addition to its impact on quality of life, atopic dermatitis can lead to anxiety, depression, other comorbidities, and even suicide, depending on its severity.

2. Atopic dermatitis is another name for eczema:

Eczema is a general term that covers many conditions that cause excessive skin irritation. However, Atopic Dermatitis is the most common, painful and unknown form of eczema. He is still underdiagnosed and undertreated in India. Globally, it affects 15 to 20 percent of the child population, while in India it affects about 20 percent of the population.

AD is a common type of eczema. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. It will heal on its own:

Alzheimer’s (AD) is one of the most common but tragic inflammatory skin diseases. Most people have an itchy rash from moderate to severe atopic dermatitis that can cover most of the body. People with Alzheimer’s disease may also experience pain, cracking, oozing, redness, and scaling. The risk is greater among people with poorly controlled Alzheimer’s disease that requires planned treatment.

Over-the-counter medications may help soothe the skin for a short time. However, it will not have an effect on the excessive itching that leads to infection or the cause of severe Alzheimer’s disease.

If the rash is frequent or increasing on the body, it is better to consult a dermatologist. Alzheimer’s disease treatment and management depends on the severity of the disease. It involves avoiding triggers, proper skin care, and anti-inflammatories. Treatment options such as immunosuppressants and probiotics, which are universally available for patients with moderate to severe forms of Alzheimer’s disease, may be needed, although they are expensive.

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Avoid prolonged hot showers Do these things if you have atopic dermatitis. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Eczema only affects children:

Although Atopic Dermatitis is often diagnosed in children and symptoms appear at an early age, more than 40 percent of adults have moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Stress, pollution, foods, low or high humidity, and hot showers are among the factors that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease in adults. Thus, it is essential to pay attention to the warning signs and consult a dermatologist before the itching and rash intensify. The key to controlling Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosing it early and starting treatment as soon as possible.

5. Atopic dermatitis is contagious.

Alzheimer’s is by no means a contagious disease, or one cannot become infected, whether by skin contact or otherwise. Family history or previous allergies, hay fever, or asthma, which are genetic factors linked to atopic dermatitis.

It is a growing concern because there is not enough awareness of the disease. Atopic dermatitis can be successfully controlled and treated with proper consultation with dermatologists as well as making lifestyle changes to control its severity.