Atopic Dermatitis (Atopic Eczema)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

General Measures:

  • Place a humidifier in the bedroom, especially in the winter
  • Wear soft cotton clothes only
    • Wool and other fabrics tend to irritate sensitive skin
  • Avoid playing on the grass in the summer
  • Use an air conditioner to cool the bedroom in the summer
  • Elimination of certain foods from the diet will generally not help atopic dermatitis
  • Do not use ‘bubble bath’
    • It causes the skin to become drier
  • Use soap only under the arms and in the groin when bathing
  • Wash clothes with gentle laundry detergent
  • Do not use ‘anti-static sheets’, bleach or fabric softener in the laundry
  • Rinse the laundry twice to avoid detergent residue in the clothing
  • If toddlers have severe dermatitis around the mouth, cover this area with vaseline petroleum jelly prior to meals
    • The will protect the skin from contact with irritating foods

Specific Treatments

  • Bathe once or twice daily in lukewarm water for 10 minutes or less
  • After bathing, while the skin is still wet, apply the medicated ointments prescribed to the areas of red, inflamed skin
  • Please talk to your doctor about treatment options that include creams, ointments and syrups
  • Apply the medicated ointments and moisturize the skin three to four times daily
  • Regular use of antihistamines is more effective at controlling itching than taking them infrequently

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