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Gentle skin care is an essential part of
controlling the itch and rash of
atopic dermatitis. To help prevent a cycle of
itching, scratching, and rash, you can:
Gentle skin care can help improve your skin. Regular use of moisturizers can reduce the itching, keep your rash from getting worse, and help it heal. Also, using enough moisturizer may mean that you'll need less medicine.
When you notice that your rash or skin is irritated, see if you can figure out what caused the problem. Avoiding things that irritate your skin will help your skin stay healthy.
If you still have problems with itch and rash even after you have been using moisturizers, talk to your doctor.
To care for your
Moisturizers include Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Purpose. Or you may want to try a skin barrier repair moisturizer, such as CeraVe or TriCeram, that can help with burning, itching, and redness. For severe dryness,
try petroleum jelly.
Try to avoid things that irritate your skin, such as:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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