Rashes in atopic dermatitis vary. The type of rash you have often determines your treatment.
A rash may develop fluid-filled sores that ooze fluid or crust over. This may happen when the skin is rubbed or scratched or if a skin infection is present. Treatment for an oozing rash includes:
If a bacterial infection has developed, you will need to use an antibiotic. In severe cases, an oral corticosteroid may be necessary.
Subacute scaly rashes are typically dry, red, and itchy. Medium- to high-strength corticosteroids are applied 2 times a day as an ointment or cream until the rash is cleared and itching is reduced. At this point, begin reducing the amount of corticosteroid used from 2 times a day to 1 time every other day over 2 to 4 weeks.
Skin thickened (lichenified) by atopic dermatitis is treated with high-strength corticosteroid ointments for 2 to 6 weeks. A dressing is sometimes used to cover the affected area after the medicine is applied. Coal tar preparations may be used if the corticosteroids are not effective.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology|
|Last Revised||June 18, 2010|
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