Atopic dermatitis can be inherited and is caused by a defective skin barrier. The skin does not do a good job of keeping moisture in and irritants and allergens out. Eczema often gets worse with certain triggers, such as dry skin, infection, allergens, stress, heat, and sweating.
For most patients we start with a three-part approach:
When these measures don’t control the symptoms, then sometimes oral steroids, antibiotics, light treatment or stronger immune-suppressing medications can be used.