Question: What should I know about moisturizers and atopic dermatitis (eczema)?
Answer: Moisturizers are the single most important treatment for atopic dermatitis. People who have atopic dermatitis lose water from their skin. This leads to dry, rough, itchy skin and is common in atopic dermatitis.
Moisturizers to treat atopic dermatitis come in both prescription and non-prescription forms. A variety of moisturizers can be suggested by your physician. We often suggest that people who use moisturizers avoid moisturizers that have perfumes or scents in them as these can also irritate the skin.
Moisturizers should be applied throughout the day, especially after bathing, to provide the best treatment and barrier against water loss and to protect your skin and improve symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
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