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Often, there is a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis or eczema

5 Commonly-asked questions–and answers–about Dermatitis (Eczema).

His Type Is Most Common On The Scalp

Before I get get started, many people send emails asking what the difference between atopic dermatitis and eczema. The truth is that while the terms mean basically the same thing, there are some technical differences. 

Eczema (or eczematous dermatitis) is a little different from atopic dermatitis in that the the former is a general term. Both, however, mean that the condition presents as a common skin condition where rough or flakey skin develops that is dry, itchy, red in color, and painful. Atopic dermatitis is not a contagious skin disease.

In addition to this, four questions appear time-after-time in my email; questions that are so important and pertinent that they should be repeated, alongside their answers, in an effort to dispell any misinformation that may be lying about. 

1. What is the cause of atopic dermatitis/eczema?

There are many theories, but common ground has been reached where the condition is thought to be the result of an immune system that has run amuck–a slightly overblown response to our body’s immune system after an irritating event occurs.


2. Is atopic dermatitis/eczema a fungus? 

Atopic dermatitis/eczema is a yeast infection that, technically, bears the name of Candida, a fungus. There are many types of fungi, however, all of which present as atopic dermatitis or eczematous dermatitis.

3. What are the most effective methods for the treatment of atopic dermatitis/eczema?

I get this question a lot too, and the internet is chock full of remedies, both home-based and medically proven. As the father of a daughter who has the condition, and who looked to her daddy to “heal” her, I can only recommend three that keep in check, the condition on her young body:

a. Use medicated shampoo 

b. Take comfortably-warm baths

c. Wear cotton clothing of the best quality you can afford. 


4. Will atopic dermatitis/eczema go away?

Another very common question I get, from my patients and my sweet child. 

The truth of the matter is that most contact atopic dermatitis/eczema will go away on its own…once the irritant to the body’s immune system has dissipated. Still, even if the irritant goes, or is taken away (in my daughter’s case, it was processed foods, mainly sugars), constantly scratching the affected areas will slow healing; often leading patients to believe that the condition is still present, when it is not.

5. Does dehydration play a role in the development of atopic dermatitis/eczema?

This is a tough one. The long and short of it is, yes…and no. The National Eczema Association has this to say about it: “Anyone with eczema has inherently dry skin and is susceptible to weaker skin barrier function. Therefore, drinking water (especially around exercise) to keep the body and skin hydrated is recommended“.

I disagree in that the truth of it is that, while skin barrier issues do play a role in the treatment using water, they fail to include the imbalance of mineral imbalance that is present in 99.9% of atopic dermatitis/eczema cases.

The way forward for my daughter and my patients is the consumption of deep sea water, which is rich with minerals that are difficult to find in one treatment anywhere on earth. The topic itself is beyond the scope of this article,  but worth investigation, since many point to deep sea water consumption as a sole remedy for atopic dermatitis/eczema. Please use the link below to read the work of Hataguchi Y, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 (worth the effort).

Atopic dermatitis is not a death sentence,  but can feel like one for children and our senior citizens. With vigilant efforts and adherence to a regular regimine of  effective treatments, the condition can be set aside, leaving sufferers to lead a normal and “itch-free” life.


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6 thoughts on “Often, there is a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis or eczema

  • Joel Evison says:

    I have been dealing with psoriasis/eczema since being discharged from the military. It greatly affects my life and there is no cure. It greatly impacts my life and any available prescription drugs available all have horrible side effects. I bought hemp oil from Amazon and it’s the only thing that helps me. I also find showering an annoyance because I can’t just take a shower and dry off without treating my body with hemp oil. I wish that I didn’t have to go through much extra work just to live 🙁

  • Seth Murray says:

    During high school I never had any problems with my skin but as I got older into my twenties I noticed patches of eczema on my arms and legs which were red and itchy.

  • Levi Spencer says:

    Lots of times with dermatitis, I have a hard time with my job. Since I work around ink and grease, I have to constantly wash my hands. The hot water is very aggravating to the condition, as my hands constantly suffer. Rashes, cracked and bleeding skin, I hope there is some form of treatment I can do to alleviate it instead of always wearing gloves.

  • Patrick Jackson says:

    Cyclosporine has been the most effective medication for my eczema. However, my doctor sees it as the most risky as it can lead to liver and kidney issues if taken for more than a year. I have been on cyclosporine for two stints in the past five years and both times the medication has cleared about 80% of my severe eczema. While on it, I have been able to exercise with minimal issues and I have been able to sleep better.

  • Nate Mitchell says:

    Según el sistema de calefacción, humidificador o aire acondicionado que utilice, tú puedes ayudar o entorpecer tus esfuerzos para controlar los alérgenos.Los alérgenos en interiores pueden frustrar la diversión a la hora de jugar. Aquí mostramos algunas maneras de ayudar a tu hijo con las alergias y evitar la reacción.
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    La tela y muchas otras superficies en tu hogar atraen a los ácaros del polvo. Aunque no puedes verlos, probablemente están en todas partes.

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    El mejor amigo del hombre puede ser el enemigo de tu alergia. Debes hacer lo siguiente.

  • Angus Burt says:

    I have been afflicted with Atopic Dermatitis. It is a drying, itchy and ultimately painful situation for me that is challenging to get under any level of control. It seems to affect me more in the summertime and I am sure that is due to the drying heat. I spend a lot of money on expensive moisturizers that do help but I have to moisturize a lot

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