Treatment Options for Atopic Dermatitis

Treatment Options for Atopic Dermatitis

What Is Atopic Dermatitis?

During cooler months, it’s not uncommon for our sky to become dry and at times itchy. However, if your skin is consistently red and itchy, especially after contact with an allergen, you should speak to your allergist about the possibility of a condition called atopic dermatitis. Keep reading to learn how our experts at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help treat your symptoms and bring you comfort.

What Causes Eczema?

Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a long-lasting flare-up of the skin, causing itchy and red patches. Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects your skin's ability to provide moisture and protection from allergens, irritants, and bacteria.

Typically, eczema appears on the hands, arms, legs, face, and chest. While this condition is more common in children, adults can also experience this skin irritation alongside their allergy symptoms. In some cases, children may experience eczema in relation to their food allergies.


Common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:

  • Extremely dry skin.
  • Itchiness on your skin that worsens at night.
  • Cracked areas on your skin.
  • Raw or sensitive patches on the skin due to scratching.
  • Small, raised bumps on your skin.
 

If left untreated, open scabs or cuts on the skin created by scratching can become infected. If you constantly experience these issues with your skin, it’s important to talk to one of our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia so that we can help you find relief.

Eczema Treatments in Alpharetta GA

The best way to treat eczema is to first identify your triggers so that you can limit your exposure to them. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our allergy specialists can help diagnose and treat your allergies, as well as any other associated conditions such as eczema.

In additions to gentle moisturizers and topical ointments, our specialists offer the following treatment options:

  • Antibiotics: used for skin bacterial infections.
  • Biologic treatments: such as Dupixent.
  • Antihistamines: such as Benadryl can help to relieve symptoms and are recommended for patients who suffer from nighttime itching.
  • Immunosuppressants: such as methotrexate or azathioprine are recommended for patients that have not seen an improvement with less conservative treatments.
  • Corticosteroids: typically taken orally and prescribed if topical treatments do not help maintain symptoms.
  • Allergy Shots: can help treat eczema or contact dermatitis that is caused by environmental allergens.
 

Oftentimes, treating your eczema is directly related to treating your allergy and asthma symptoms. This is why it’s essential to be treated by our allergy specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia as soon as possible. Contact our team today to book your consultation.