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Atopic Dermatitis Specialist

Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group

Allergy & Immunology located in Santa Monica, CA

Board-certified allergists Bernard Geller, MD, Ph.D., and Sanny Chan, MD, Ph.D. offer effective treatments to end the itching and pain of atopic dermatitis at their practice, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group in Santa Monica, California. He provides personalized care plans to address the root cause of your atopic dermatitis and restore health to your skin. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about your options for relieving atopic dermatitis.

Atopic Dermatitis

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition, more commonly known as eczema. You can develop atopic dermatitis due to genetic issues that interfere with your skin’s ability to hold moisture and resist allergens and bacteria.

As a result, skin becomes very dry and irritated, causing painful itching and other symptoms that can interfere with your skin’s health and your confidence in your appearance.

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

In addition to dry, itchy skin, you may develop patches of discolored skin that appear brownish, red, or gray on a number of areas of your body, including your:

  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Chest
  • Knees
  • Elbows

Atopic dermatitis can also affect your face and scalp.

Small bumps can form on these areas, which fill with fluid and form an outer crust if you scratch them. Your skin may also begin to crack and become extra sensitive to a number of environmental irritants, like lotions and soaps.

How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed?

Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan can often diagnose atopic dermatitis based on a visual exam of your skin and your medical history. In some cases, atopic dermatitis develops in those with allergies and asthma. You can also develop this skin condition following an infection.

While there’s no medical test to confirm atopic dermatitis, Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan may recommend blood work or skin patch testing to rule out underlying medical conditions that can affect your skin.

What treatments are available for atopic dermatitis?

Depending on the severity of your skin’s dryness, you may benefit from prescription-strength topical creams or oral medications that contain corticosteroids to reduce itching and inflammation.

If you have an existing infection, you may also need a course of antibiotics to clear it.

Dr. Geller and Dr. Chan provide you with instructions for skin care at home as well. Instructions may include:

  • Taking cool showers
  • Using high-quality moisturizers
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing

The goal of treatment is to keep your skin well moisturized and avoid a worsening of the condition.

If you’re suffering from painful bumps and itchy skin of atopic dermatitis, schedule an appointment at Allergy and Clinical Immunology Medical Group online or by phone today.