Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology
Dermatologists located in Tampa, FL & Riverview, FL
If you suffer from atopic dermatitis, you know how much the itchy, red skin can affect your quality of life. Robert A. Norman, DO, MPH, MBA, and his team of skin care experts at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology in Riverview and Tampa, Florida, understand the effect atopic dermatitis can have on your life, and they provide treatment to help you manage the chronic skin condition to reduce flare-ups. For an evaluation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Atopic Dermatitis Q & A
What is atopic dermatitis?
Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that causes red, itchy rashes on your skin. It’s a chronic condition that often presents during childhood and causes periodic flare-ups. There’s no cure for atopic dermatitis, but the team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology can provide treatment to minimize flare-ups and control symptoms.
You may be at risk of atopic dermatitis if you have a history of allergies or asthma. There is a strong connection between hay fever and atopic dermatitis.
What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?
The symptoms caused by atopic dermatitis can vary from person to person. You may experience:
- Red patches of skin
- Thickened, scaly patches of skin
- Bumpy skin that may break open and leak fluid
Your atopic dermatitis can also cause severe itching that may be especially bad at night. The itching may lead to redness and swelling.
How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed?
The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology can diagnose the underlying cause of your skin concerns after a thorough evaluation that may take from 30-90 minutes. During the evaluation, your skin care specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms and examines your skin.
Because of the variations in its presentation, atopic eczema can be difficult to diagnose. Your skin specialist at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology may need to run various tests, such as blood tests or a skin biopsy, to rule out other causes of your skin symptoms.
What are the treatments for atopic dermatitis?
Treatment for your atopic dermatitis centers on prevention of flare-ups and management of your symptoms when a breakout occurs. No single treatment works for everyone, and you may need to alter your treatment periodically.
Your skin specialist at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology works one-on-one with you to develop an effective treatment plan to manage your atopic dermatitis. Treatment may include:
- Creams to manage itching
- Medication to minimize inflammation
- Wet dressings
- Light therapy
In severe cases of atopic dermatitis that haven’t responded well to traditional treatments, your specialist may suggest an injectable biologic. However, this treatment is very new, and long-term benefits are unknown.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that requires ongoing management. For expert care, contact Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology today by phone or online.