Allergy & Asthma Care Information - atopic dermatitis


Skin becomes dry because normal skin oil glands may secrete an inadequate amount of surface oil to prevent excess evaporation of water from skin. Use of soaps and handling of paper, abrasive clothing or other skin chafing further removes oils and dries and damages the skin. The skins oil layer also keeps allergens (dusts, molds, animal danders) out of skin and away from allergic T cells and histamine cells (“MAST cells”) deeper in skin. It is important to practice the basic principles of good skin care daily, because atopic dermatitis is a chronic problem and you may always have dry, sensitive, easily irritated skin. Sun, wind, low humidity, cold temperature, heredity, age, excessive washing without use of moisturizers, abrasive clothing and use of harsh, drying soaps can cause dry skin conditions.


Care must be taken to avoid substances which may flare your disease. Dust is the most important allergen causing atopic dermatitis, so dust avoidance (breathable polyurethane (“stretch knit”) pillow & mattress covers) are absolutely essential for all patients. Cat & dog danders, molds, pollen dusts, and some foods can also trigger Dermatitis.


  1. Wash all new clothes with at least a double rinse before wearing to remove formaldehyde and other chemicals.
  2. Residual laundry detergent in clothing may be irritating. While changing to a milder detergent may help, more often adding a second rinse cycle to ensure removal of soap, is better.

If you would like additional detailed information on atopic dermatitis, contact us and make an appointment at our clinic.

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