Treatment of atopic dermatitis helps to control the rashes and itching.
Towards the end of the article we will look into some new advances in the filed of natural treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Treatment of atopic dermatitis – there are many available types of treatments, which vary from the type the skin condition. Most commonly used treatments in conventional medicine may include:
- Eliminating the skin irritants, which may consist of using natural facial products, skin washes, moisturizers and other cosmetics.
- Moisturizing is very important seeing that most patients with atopic dermatitis have dry skin, prone to irritations. Use of natural or organic moisturizers is recommended and these should be applied liberally on a daily basis. Best results are achieved if applied after bathing.
- Baths are better than showers, and soap should not be used, as it causes too much dryness. Soaks in sodium bicarbonate or colloidal oatmeal could also be useful, as well as some bath salts.
- Antihistamines either sedating or nonsedating could be prescribed. However, there have been questions whether these are as effective as they seem to be, and if they are worth the risk, given the many side effects they are prone to bring, especially in young children.
- Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections as they occur, most common being the Staphylococcus aureus infection.
- Topical corticosteroids are very effective, but should be used additionally alongside with moisturizers. There are seven groups of these medicines (with over 30 different topical corticosteroids), the first one having the biggest potency and the most side effects. Groups 6 and 7 are usually prescribed to infants and are recommended for use in sensitive areas in adults as well. They can be found if form of creams, lotions, ointments, gels and solutions.
- Oral corticosteroids are used in the more severe cases, although sometimes after the use has been stopped the inflammation may come back.
- Tar preparations can be combined with topical corticosteroid treatment for atopic dermatitis.
- Ultraviolet light therapy may be prescribed as a treatment for refractory atopic dermatitis. There are two types UVA and UVB and they can be administered separately or combined.