How should I care for someone with atopic dermatitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Atopic dermatitis most commonly affects children, so as a parent or caregiver it is important to have a good understanding of the disease. It is also important to form a good relationship with your child's doctor and gain a solid understanding of the treatment plan they prescribe. Especially with infants, you'll need to be in charge of your child's daily skin regimen (bathing properly and using corticosteroid cream, if prescribed) and be largely responsible for identifying the triggers that cause flare-ups. Often, your biggest responsibility will be making sure that your child doesn't scratch and further irritate the skin. Adults with atopic dermatitis can generally manage the condition themselves.

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