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Question: Atopic Dermatitis Flare up.

 mrslue - Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:25 am

My Atopic Dermatitis only goes away completely when I'm pregnant! I've had two pregnancies. Now, it's flared up again and has left me sleepless for three nights now due to severe itching, scratching, and picking. How can I achieve the same skin results like when I'm pregnant, WITHOUT me having to GET pregnant?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:29 pm

User avatar Hello,An atopic tendency is an inherited allergy generally starting from childhood.Emotional stress,heat,wool,certain foods,house dust mites,infections,dryness of skin trigger the dermatitis.1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy tend to worsen but the last trimester has improvement on the eczema due to hormonal influence.
The best way to contain the dermatitis is to avoid the factors that cause it.Patch testing is useful here.Topical steroids are the mainstay along with internal antihistamines.
Best wishes.

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