Atopic Dermatitis Specialist

The Allergy Clinic

Allergists located in Houston, Pearland, and Pasadena, TX

There may not be a cure for atopic dermatitis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t manage your symptoms. The skilled team of allergists at The Allergy Clinic offers a wide variety of allergy treatments at four convenient Texas locations, including two in Houston and one each in Pasadena, and Pearland. To see how The Allergy Clinic can help manage your atopic dermatitis symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Atopic Dermatitis Q & A

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes red, itchy skin.

When you have healthy skin, it retains moisture that protects it from irritants, bacteria, and allergens. Atopic dermatitis occurs when your skin loses this protection and gets easily irritated.

Atopic dermatitis can affect anyone, but most people develop this chronic condition before age 5. You’re more likely to have atopic dermatitis if someone in your family had or has the condition.

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis symptoms can vary from person to person but often include:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Patches of discolored skin
  • Raised bumps that can leak or crust over
  • Scaly, cracked, or thickened skin

When you have atopic dermatitis, your itching is often worse at night. In some cases, you can develop swollen, raw, and sensitive skin due to continual scratching.

What triggers atopic dermatitis?

Certain environmental factors that trigger atopic dermatitis symptoms include:

  • Irritants like soaps and detergents
  • Allergens like pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust mites
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Certain foods like dairy, wheat, and nuts
  • Changes in hormone levels

While stress doesn’t cause atopic dermatitis, it can worsen your symptoms.

How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed and treated?

Your allergist at The Allergy Clinic can often diagnose atopic dermatitis through a skin examination and by reviewing your medical history. They may suggest additional testing to eliminate other skin diseases or find other conditions that may be present.

01Your allergist will recommend lifestyle changes to manage your condition. These may include using mild soaps and detergents, taking warm baths, applying moisturizers, and using medicated skin creams or ointments. Wearing soft clothes with smooth textures and practicing stress management techniques can also reduce atopic dermatitis flare-ups. For severe cases of atopic dermatitis that don’t respond to conventional therapy, a new biologic injectable is very effective.

If you’re suffering from atopic dermatitis, call The Allergy Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.