Atopic dermatitis can last a lifetime Atopic dermatitis can last a lifetime

Atopic dermatitis can last a lifetime

Current living 18 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

This form of dermatitis is most common in infants and in some cases, can last a lifetime. Atopic dermatitis causes itchy and inflamed skin as well as a rash.

According to the World Health Organization, this disease affects 10% of the world’s population. It also falls under a category of diseases referred to as “atopic,” as people with asthma, rhinitis or other types of allergies also tend to have it.

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin and it manifests in reddish outbreaks. It is also common for it to appear in the form of scabs that release a thick liquid, which when it dries, leaves the skin looking thick or weathered. When the lesions disappear, the area where they were is usually slightly pigmented.

What causes it?

According to the National Dermatology Institute of Colombia, this type of dermatitis is hereditary. Also, according to the institute, any product that comes in contact with the skin of someone who has this condition can exacerbate it. Examples of this include lotions, colognes or perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products, different fabrics or what is referred to as costume jewelry.

To prevent these types of skin conditions, the general recommendation is to use soap with a neutral pH, perfume-free lotions, and 100% cotton clothing – being extra careful to avoid non-breathable garments.

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