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True or False with Atopic Dermatitis

There are some common notions associated with atopic dermatitis. Some of them are so weird that you wouldn’t give them a second thought. Others might get you to worrying. Before you panic and start the internet search, check to see if the idea is true or false with atopic dermatitis.

Dermatitis is just dry skin

Not true. Anyone can get dry skin occasionally. Dry patches or scaly skin are easily treated for most people. A moisturizing lotion may be enough to clear it up. Eczema or dermatitis are more persistent. It is usually experienced in small, red, itchy, patches that may not clear up easily.

No one in my immediate family has skin issues, so I won’t get it

Not true. Even if your parents did not have psoriasis or a form of eczema, you still might have gotten the gene. It can lie dormant waiting for an allergen trigger. Don’t worry that every itchy place will become a full-blown flare. All skin issues should be noted and watched if they do not clear up.

Never wear makeup with dermatitis

Not so true. While it is best to avoid certain chemical ingredients, makeup can be worn even with an outbreak of atopic dermatitis. It may take a bit of trial and error to find out which brands work for you. It is worth it to take the time and find a product that is right for your skin.

It is contagious

Nope. This is one of the sillier myths. I’ve even had people avoid bumping elbows with me. It doesn’t rub off! This myth can create an atmosphere where low self-esteem can creep in. Touching an eczema patch or a spot of psoriasis does not mean that it will spread.

Most people outgrow it

Not necessarily. While having it as a child is common, there is no guarantee that it will go away. Some people have adult on-set of skin disorders due to illness or medical treatments.

People with eczema should bathe less often

Nope. This idea can create a lot of stress, not to mention greasy hair and body odor. A quick shower is always a reasonable workaround. Long hot lingering baths may be avoided, but clean skin is actually healthy for those with atopic dermatitis.

It is caused by diet

Not always. We understand that certain foods can trigger a flare, but skin disorders are not entirely caused by diet. Getting tested for food allergies is a common step taken by doctors who specialize in allergies or dermatology. Avoiding certain foods may help to reduce the symptoms of eczema.

Eczema is cured with steroids

False. There is no magic bullet to cure eczema. Steroids use may be advised by your doctor and can be used in conjunction with other treatments to reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

When seeking treatment for a skin disorder, it is important to know what is true or false. If you have any concerns, start by talking to your dermatologist about them.

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