Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)



Atopic Dermatitis is an itchy eruption that in some ways resembles poison ivy. Although it occurs most often in people with allergic tendencies such as hay fever or asthma, atopic dermatitis is more often triggered by irritation than allergy.

Atopic dermatitis is treated by minimizing irritation, using good moisturizers, and topical or oral medications.

Topical medications include corticosteroids (e.g. hydrocortisone) and topical calcineurin inhibitors (e.g. tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel)).

Oral medications include corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) and calcineurin inhibitors (e.g. tacrolimus (Prograf) and cyclosporine (Neoral)).

The National Institutes of Health website has extensive information on atopic dermatitis.