Atopic dermatitis (AD), often termed “eczema”, is a chronic pruritic (itchy) skin condition that affects about 10-20% of children and about 2-3% of adults. It usually begins in infancy or early childhood. AD is closely associated with other allergic diseases, including food allergy, asthma, and allergic rhinitis (hay fever). This progressive sequence is called the atopic march.
The symptoms of AD include dry, itchy skin that can become swollen and cracked and can weep clear fluid when scratched. People with AD experience cycles of worsening symptoms followed by periods of improvement. They also have an increased susceptibility to certain skin infections.
You will receive skin care education to ensure you’re taking good care of your skin at home to help to clear your eczema, including using topical moisturizers and prescription topicals if needed.
We may recommend immunotherapy as a possible treatment. Immunotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of environmental allergens over a period of time. Injections help desensitize your body to your specific allergens, reducing the overreaction of your immune system.
Dr. Reddy also offers medications, known as biologics, to treat atopic dermatitis. These medications are made of proteins and substances found in nature instead of chemicals. They work by targeting specific molecules that react to inflammation caused by eczema.
Learn more about treatments available for eczema by calling the office and requesting an appointment.