Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease, so it is important to learn how to treat and control this common rash. Patches are placed on the skin and re-checked in 96 hours.

Despite this, many people are concerned about potential side effects from topical steroids.

The trick is to use the correct strength of steroid for the severity of the tends to be persistent, most people will have to use topical steroids on and off for many years.

i could not longer make a fist and any attempted task was a fail.

I cried every night though the burning pain and thought this would never end!

Wet wraps‘Wet wraps’ are wet bandages applied over emollients /- topical steroids. Wet wraps are used in , which then itches even more.

Some scratching is just a bad habit or stress reaction. Insufficient evidence exists to recommend probiotics, leukotriene inhibitors, essential fatty acids or traditional Chinese medicines.

If used continuously topical steroids may lose their effectiveness after a few weeks (this is known as tachyphylaxis).

Tachyphylaxis can be avoided by reducing the strength and frequency of the topical steroid as the Topical immunomodulators The topical immunomodulators or calcineurin inhibitors pimecrolimus cream (Elidel™) and tacrolimus ointment (Protopic™, which is not yet available in New Zealand) are particularly useful for mild to moderate atopic , they can be smelly and messy and do not appear as effective as topical steroids.

This will be done either by RAST or skin testing, depending on the patient.

Treating Eczema Treatment includes medications, skin care products and lifestyle changes.

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