Identifying and Treating Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, in Children and Adults

There are many different types of skin rashes, some of which are related to allergic disorders. Eczema, which is one of those skin conditions that is associated with allergies (pictured to the right). Eczema is also known as “atopic dermatitis” and is basically an inflammation of the outer layer of your skin.

Atopic dermatitis (AD, a type of eczema) is a fairly common skin condition that we often seen in children. Sometimes it persists into adulthood. Eczema can be very persistent and aggravating and can frequently come back once it is “cleared up” with treatment.

We’re not sure how individuals get the condition, but it seems to be a hereditary component as this disorder tends to run in families and is often associated with asthma and allergies. In fact, atopic dermatitis has been categorized by some experts as being the starting point for the “Allergic March,” meaning children with atopic dermatitis have a much higher chance of developing allergies and asthma as they grow older.

This condition can occur on the scalp, face [particularly the cheeks], and in the creases of the elbows and knees, as well as other areas of the body.

No one knows what causes atopic dermatitis, but it does have triggers and can be brought on by allergies, including food and inhalant allergies, dry skin, sweating, stress, dust, and other things.

Treatment of this condition starts with identifying the particular trigger or triggers a patient has. After we know what is causing the symptoms, we can start medical therapy. Our treatment options are quite broad and include moisturizers, topical corticosteroid creams or ointments, or a combination of these with other medications.

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About Dr. Christine Franzese
Christine Franzese, MD, FAAOA, is a board certified otolaryngologist. She completed a residency in Otolaryngology at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Franzese’s specialties include: allergies and allergy shots, sinus problems (acute and chronic), mild asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid masses or nodules, salivary gland disorders and nodules, and pediatric ENT issues (ear infections, tonsillitis). She has surgical expertise with removing tonsils and adenoids, thyroidectomies, parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, and has extensive experience with sinus surgeries. She offers functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty procedures.

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