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Should I talk to my doctor about my atopic dermatitis symptoms?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you think you have atopic dermatitis, it's wise to tell a doctor about your symptoms. Atopic dermatitis can cause intense itching. Persistent itching can interfere with your quality of life and cause sleepless nights. Also, if you don't receive proper treatment, you're likely to seek relief by scratching the affected skin. Chronic scratching can cause skin infections. It can also toughen the skin, giving it a leathery appearance. Getting the right treatment can help relieve your symptoms of atopic dermatitis. 
If you notice that you or your child is displaying symptoms of atopic dermatitis, consult your doctor. While there is no cure for the disease, a proper diagnosis can help you narrow down specific factors that are exacerbating your symptoms. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe creams or oral medications that can help you manage the disease. While a cure doesn't exist, these medications may soothe symptoms. Seeing your doctor early may also help prevent complications, such as skin infections.

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