Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Treat My Dermatitis?

By    |   Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:34 PM

Question: I have very sensitive skin and been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. My legs and my ankles are all scarred. Is there anything I can do to make my skin healthy again?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Atopic dermatitis is a genetically inherited disorder with many triggers. Sometimes an illness or plant can trigger a response, but it is worsened by continued irritation, which can cause scarring.
You should see a dermatologist who will prescribe an ointment to moisturize your skin, check to be sure no fungal or localized infection is involved, and provide you other remedies for clearing your atopic dermatitis. Severe cases may need short-term topical steroids to help clear the reaction up. If the scaring is superficial, the best options are probably some form of laser resurfacing in combination with suitable prescription topical agents, but it is best that you be under the supervision of a specialist.
Fortunately, the skin usually heals very well after such treatment. As long as recurrent irritation is avoided, your skin should begin to normalize in six to 12 months. A daily oral anti-histamine such as Zyrtec may help minimize any allergic triggers you have. In the meantime, avoid alcohol-based drying lotions, minimize your sun exposure, and use a moisturizing cream or ointment frequently. Sometimes the tar-based creams used for psoriasis are helpful, but they have obnoxious odors.

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See a dermatologist who will prescribe an ointment to moisturize your skin, and possibly other treatments.
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