FAQs On Eczema

What is Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema?

Atopic Dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic condition that causes extreme itching and inflammation to the skin. Though most common in children, eczema also affects adults. Most sufferers are also known to have allergic conditions like hay fever and asthma.

How do I know if I have Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

Severity of Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) may vary and not everyone will experience all of the symptoms. One prevalent symptom is constant itching. Itching and scratching worsens the skin inflammation and causes the “itch-scratch” cycle.

Some symptoms include:

  • Skin irritation and itchiness on the body, particularly at the joints (elbows, knees and wrists), the neck and around the eyes
  • Asthma or hay fever
  • Extremely dry skin within the last 12 months
  • Crusting and scaling of skin
  • Redness, swelling and oozing of clear fluid

What triggers Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

There are many known irritants and allergens that may trigger flare-ups.

Common factors include:

  • Fragrance and chemicals: harsh soaps and detergents, as well as exposure to perfume and cosmetics
  • Fabric and clothing: tight-fitting clothing, woolen and synthetic fabrics
  • Environment & Emotions: Exposure to stress and certain foods like diary and nuts, as well as pollutants like sand, dust and smoke
  • Impaired skin barrier – Recurrent or microbial skin infections

Is Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) caused by any particular allergy?

Eczema may be partly hereditary and is not usually caused by a specific allergy. Some children with atopic dermatitis (eczema) have sensitive skin which reacts to different environmental allergens, food and stress.

Is Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) contagious?

No. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person. It is important to educate others on this fact so your child will not feel isolated from family and friends.

Is there a cure for Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

There are no known permanent cures at this time for atopic dermatitis (eczema). However, with proper care and treatment, parents can help to relieve the pain and irritation caused by eczema so their children can still have fun in comfort.

Will my Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) eventually go away?

Although there is no permanent cure for atopic dermatitis (eczema), the condition can be kept in remission for long periods of time with proper care and treatment. Approximately 40%-50% of patients outgrow the condition in their teens. Symptoms are typically less severe in adulthood, though many sufferers continue to have dry and sensitive skin.

My friends have recommended steroid creams for Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema). Are steroid creams ok for long-term use?

The most common steroids used to treat skin infections are topical corticosteroids which have different degrees of potency. It’s best to consult your doctor because on occasion, if used improperly, steroid creams may cause side effects such as rashes, thinning of skin and damaged blood vessels.

Is it true that taking a bath every day dries out the skin and worsens Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)?

No, this is a misconception. Bathing helps to cleanse the skin of allergens and microbes and bathing in lukewarm water can help hydrate the skin. What’s important is to moisturize after bathing. Atopiclair™ helps to seal in moisture so gently apply Atopiclair™ approximately three minutes after patting the skin dry with a towel.

Can a child with Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) do sports like run and swim?

It’s always best to consult your doctor first but Atopiclair™ believes that atopic dermatitis (eczema) does not have to stop your child from being active. Children develop muscles, stay healthy and build friendships when playing sports and having fun. Atopiclair™ makes it possible for you to care for your children who have eczema so your entire family can enjoy life free from worry.

Additional tips: In hot weather, it may help to keep your children cool by dressing them in loose cotton clothes and using sunscreen. To prevent the irritation of chlorine from swimming pools, apply Atopiclair™ to protect the skin beforehand.