Causes of Atopic Dermatitis

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Apr 04, 2018
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Causes of Atopic Dermatitis

The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown. However, the disease seems to result from a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.

Hypersensitivity reaction in the skin causes atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis patients may lack certain proteins in the skin, which leads to greater sensitivity.

Atopic Dermatitis

Following factors worsen the symptoms of atopic dermatitis-

  • Exposure to environmental irritants like pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
  • Dry skin
  • Exposure to water
  • Sudden temperature changes
  • Stress
  • Cold and dry air in the winter
  • Colds or flu
  • Contact with chemicals
  • Contact with rough materials, like wool
  • Certain fragrances or dyes added to skin lotions or soaps

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Turmeric, coconut oil and avocado oil fixes it along with a diet of anti-inflammatory foods/ omega 3.

Skin problems also affects on the stomach and on the side of the thighs. Have these problems on the left side of the body. What is it? Am puzzled.....

writes4fun

Very good information here! One thing I never understand is why blog posts and articles about atopic dermatitis always list the back of the knees and inside the elbows as common locations, but never mention the front of the knees and outside the elbows which is where members of my family most commonly have atopic dermatitis flare ups. I found another good article on this topic: Atopic Eczema

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