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What Are The Triggers and Treatments Of Atrophic Dermatitis?

May 1, 2008
Atrophic Dermatitis occurs when the skin's behavior is disrupted resulting in very dry, inflamed skin. Normally our skin has the ability to maintain moisture this is not the case for sufferers of atrophic dermatitis.

Atrophic dermatitis is actually a common form of eczema. It is rather severe and is usually chronic in nature. Atrophic dermatitis usually occurs in skin folds and creases, like the insides of elbows, the backs of knees and hands and many different parts of the face and head. Due to constant scratching and contact with clothes, the sores often weep or may crust and become painful skin lesions.

Atrophic Dermatitis is usually found in patients in early childhood up to early adulthood; however, there are cases of older adults also having this skin condition. Adults sufferers of Atrophic dermatitis do not usually suffer from the inflamed skin and flakes but only suffer extremely dry, sensitive skin which is easily irritated.

What Causes Atrophic Dermatitis

There are basically three trigger types of atrophic dermatitis these are: 1. Allergens: Allergens are found and absorbed from food, beverages or medications. There are other types of allergens in the environment which are derived from animal dander and pollen. Medication that can cause an allergic reaction include antibiotics, anesthetics, sleeping pills, aspirin, laxatives, anti-depressants and many more

2. Irritants and : Irritants of atrophic dermatitis are smoke, fumes, solvents, chemicals, soaps and detergents, alcohol based products and many others. Dust can also make the rash worse and so can stress and climate changes.

3. Infections: Infections of bacterial, fungal or viral, can cause flare ups although not as common as the other triggers

How To Treating Atrophic Dermatitis

Owing to the nature of this condition the only way to treat atrophic dermatitis is to prevent scratching since this can lead to further skin complications and result in infections and, veryh rarely, life threatening conditions. The idea is to keep the individual's skin moist. This can be efficiently done by applying prescribed ointments and lotions several times a day even if there are no flare ups. Naturally, vigilance is needed in monitoring the environment of the person who suffers from atrophic dermatitis.

As contact with clothing and bed linen can also cause irritation to the patient Allclothes and beddings need to be washed with special detergents that are hypo allergenic to prevent flare ups. The same applies for the soaps and shampoos that the patient uses it is important that they contain little or no allergens to avoid allergic reactions. Bath water must not be too hot as this can dry skin and provoke flare ups. What else can be done? It is highly recommended that the patient embark on a dietary change, avoiding all processed, fatty foods and concentrate on eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as this will provide the body with all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and elements for good health, ridding the body of any toxic build up.

As modern medicine has not yet come up with a cure for atrophic dermatitis we can only hope to control and manage the allergens, irritants and infections thus preventing flare ups.
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