About Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis does not only affect children. Although it almost always appears during early childhood and often before the age of two, it does not always disappear before adolescence or adulthood. It is estimated that some 10% of patients continue to suffer from eczema as adults. In some cases, this eczema is a cause for worry and can bring about complicated problems. For adults, we treat patients with Dupixent for moderate-to-severe eczema whose disease is not well controlled with prescription therapies. In some cases, we prescribe Eucrisa which is a topical treatment for mild-to-moderate eczema. In some cases, Phototherapy may be used for mild, moderate, or severe cases of eczema in adults. Phototherapy is used only for severe symptoms in children.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common locations for eczema include the face, neck, in front of the elbows, behind the knees, and on the extremities. Adults with eczema may notice the most irritation on the arms and legs, particularly in front of the elbows and behind the knees. Below are some signs and symptoms:

  • Thickened, scaly, pink to red papules and plaques are seen in these areas.
  • Some adults may have primarily chronic hand involvement.
  • Areas with superimposed infection can develop thick crusts.
  • Blacks frequently have extensive accentuation of the hair follicles and shininess without obvious thickened, raised areas.

Our Treatment Plan

A treatment plan often includes medicine, skincare, and lifestyle changes. Skin care and lifestyle changes can help prevent flare-ups. Many patients receive tips for coping. Doing all of this may seem bothersome, but sticking to the plan can make a big difference. Below are some treatments your physician may prescribe:

  • Dupixent (Dupilumab)Only for Adults
  • EucrisaAdults and Pediatrics
  • NB UVBAdults and Pediatrics

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