Today, September 14, the World Dermatitis Day atopic with the aim of making the population visible and aware of the affective and psychological impact of people who suffer from this disease, which is increasingly dominant among the population. Around 30,000 people suffer from severe atopic dermatitis in Spain, affecting both adults and children. In fact, according to the School of Atopic Dermatitis (EDA), 30% of those under seven years of age suffer from it and 10% of adults.
This chronic skin disease affects patients very significantly and is characterized by a dry skin, eczema-like lesions, as well as a intense itching in the affected areas.
The increase in cases of atopic dermatitis in the last 30 years has tripled in Spain. And is that dermatitis can appear by a genetic predisposition. That is to say, the children of a parent affected with atopic dermatitis have a 50% probability of suffering from it and if both parents are affected «the probability skyrockets until the 80%», As pointed out by the dermatologist at the IMSKE Hospital, Manuel Rueda.
But what symptoms does atopic dermatitis cause? What are the signs that help detect that someone has atopic dermatitis?
Symptoms and signs to know how to detect atopic dermatitis
As the Spanish Society of Clinical Immunology, Allergology and Pediatric Asthma (SEICAP) points out, the main symptoms of dermatitis are: intense itching, red skin lesions, which may be accompanied by small blisters with fluid, scabs, fissures or cracks, as well as dry, cracked and flaky skin.
There are no tests or tests to diagnose atopic dermatitis, but the truth is that it is identified by the typical symptoms: lesions of redness, inflammation and itching in a chronic, sustained way, or with appearances and disappearances. In addition, a reference criterion is whether the patient has a personal or family history.
However, patients suffering from dermatitis can treat the symptoms and use care that will improve and contribute to the control of this disease. Avoid aggressive detergents and soaps, long baths, extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, are some of the recommendations that patients should follow to have this skin condition under control.