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These Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis Can Be the Most Frustrating

 

Atopic dermatitis (AD), a type of eczema, can be a frustrating skin disease. Many people think it's just a rash or dry skin. But it's so much more. AD symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, even embarrassing at times. It can have a significant effect on quality of life. 

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The most burdensome symptoms of atopic dermatits (AD) include: itching/scratching, dryness/scaling, red/inflamed skin and sleep disturbance #ADinAmerica www.aafa.org/eczema-awareness-month/

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Hi Andrea, welcome to AAFA!  I am glad that you found something to use on your eczema. 

How long have you been dealing with eczema? Here is a great resource on Eczema.

Melissa

Grace: seasonal allergies, asthma

Josh: allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, asthma

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StuffywithCare posted:

Hi.  I was unaware that atopic dermatitis has the symptom of sleep disturbance.  Is the sleep problem due to the discomfort caused by the other symptoms or is the sleep problem a separate symptom?  My 21-year-old has a small amount of eczema and he has trouble sleeping.  He has never blamed the eczema for his sleep problems.  Could there be a connection?  Thank you.

Hi @StuffywithCare, thanks for your blog comment! It's possible that there is a connection. Have you mentioned his sleep issues to his doctor? Here's an article from the American Academy of Dermatology that may answer some of your questions. Although the article is targeted to parents of small children, the information is relevant for anyone with eczema. The article also mentions, "When eczema itches, it can keep a child awake or wake the child from a sound sleep."

You can also post this question in our Asthma/Allergy community and see what others have to say about this issue. Thanks!

Brenda

Brenda

Mild persistent asthma, drug allergy, macadamia nut allergy, latex allergy (although not anaphylactic. I have contact reaction/cross reactions to food--trying to prevent exposure); pollen, mold, and grasses; lactose intolerant. OAS to melon, cantaloupe, apple (raw only); Banana (UTI)

Hi.  I was unaware that atopic dermatitis has the symptom of sleep disturbance.  Is the sleep problem due to the discomfort caused by the other symptoms or is the sleep problem a separate symptom?  My 21-year-old has a small amount of eczema and he has trouble sleeping.  He has never blamed the eczema for his sleep problems.  Could there be a connection?  Thank you.

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