Treatments for atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. In this video, Doris Day, MD, discusses various levels of treatment for atopic dermatitis and ways to help manage the condition.
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Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition. And so the treatments need to be ongoing in order to maintain results.
We start with simple things, like managing diet and stress, things that you have control over. And then, when you see your dermatologist,
we may add in other medications that are topical ones that you apply to the skin, like topical steroids
or steroid-sparing ointments and creams. There's a newer class of drugs called biologics that your doctor may also prescribe
to help control the condition. For my patients who have chronic eczema, who seem to need those topical treatments on a regular basis,
some patients will come in, and they say, well, I use the creams. It helps. But as soon as I stop, the eczema comes back. We've worked hard to manage their diet, their clothing,
and any other triggers that we can identify. But they're still very bothered and affected by their eczema.
In those patients, it's time to move past topical treatments and think about other measures, like biologics.
On the holistic side, there are some supplements that are anti-inflammatory that can be very helpful. And your doctor can help guide you through these.
It also helps to manage your skin in general to make it as healthy and intact as possible. Sometimes we use a combination of these
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