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Frequently Asked Questions about Atopic Dermatitis

Q: Which doctor should I consult if I have atopic dermatitis?

A: You should consult a dermatologist for your problem.

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Q: This condition is said to be associated with allergies, can certain foods be the cause?

A: Yes. Some foods may provoke attacks, especially in infants and young children. But eliminating them rarely will bring a cure, though foods such as cow's milk, eggs, fish, wheat, peanuts and other foods that are suggested by your dermatologist can be avoided at least for one to two weeks on a trial basis.

Q: Is atopic dermatitis contagious?

A: No. Atopic dermatitis is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to the other. However, some patients with atopic dermatitis can develop secondary skin infections which may be contagious through skin contact.

Q:  What factors can aggravate atopic dermatitis?

A: The following factors can aggravate atopic dermatitis:

  • Dust and sand
  • Soaps and washing powders
  • Stress and emotional upsets
  • Usage of skin drying cosmetics
  • Extreme weather like coldness
  • Scratching and Itching
  • Using rough clothes or woolen dresses

Q: What are the complications of atopic dermatitis?

A: Atopic dermatitis can sometimes lead to secondary skin infections and permanent scarring.


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