Atopic Dermatitis Is Often the First Step in the ‘Allergic March’
The “Allergic March” is a term that describes how allergic diseases progress throughout one’s life. The Allergic March usually begins with Atopic Dermatitis – a type of eczema that is an allergic reaction common among children and involves itchy rashes. For infants, it often appears as tiny bumps on their cheeks. Older children have a red, dry, itchy rash typically on the face, arms, and legs.
While there is no cure, treatments can help relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks. Identifying the allergic triggers for the atopic dermatitis and treating those allergies may help prevent progression to other allergic diseases.
Triggers of Atopic Dermatitis include:
• Airborne Allergens
• Ingestion of certain foods or food groups
• Contact with irritants
• Acute Illness
• Overheating or sweating
Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM have developed an effective plan for therapy. The allergists recommend that patients with Atopic Dermatitis identify and avoid triggers, such as food and allergens, moisturize the affected areas on a daily basis, and apply steroidal or non-steroidal topical agents.
Doctors also frequently prescribe antihistamines to help relieve itching; antibiotics may be necessary to treat any secondary infections. The board certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM will administer various skin tests and possibly perform lab work to determine if environmental allergens or foods are triggering the Atopic Dermatitis.
Patients who follow a doctor-developed regimen and combine it with proper skin care and environmental control will often see improvement. Read more at http://www.86cough.com/Education/Eczema.aspx.
Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, PC, a group practice with eight locations in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, provides state-of-the-art medical care in a personal and caring environment emphasizing the control of asthma and allergic disease while at the same time avoiding side effects from medications.
Allergy & Asthma Specialists
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Blue Bell, PA 19422
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