Healthy skin helps retain moisture and protects you from bacteria, irritants, and allergens. Atopic dermatitis may be partly due to a gene variation that affects the skin’s ability to provide this protection.
Atopic dermatitis sometimes precedes asthma and hay fever. More than half of young children with atopic dermatitis develop these atopic comorbidities by age 13.
Since secondary infections can aggravate the rash, oral antibiotics may also be occasionally indicated.
Poor sleep quality due to the itch-scratch cycle is common in patients with atopic dermatitis.