Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema, is a chronic skin disease characterized by intense itching with red or dry skin. Approximately one person in every 10 has atopic dermatitis at some point during their life. Most prevalent in childhood, this skin disease can cause sleep deprivation, chronic infection, embarrassment and frustration which can significantly impact the quality of life of the child and family.
National Jewish Health is one of the leading institutions in the United States for treatment and research of atopic dermatitis. We have a variety of comprehensive programs specially designed to teach patients and families how to care for this condition. We provide single-day consultations, multi-day outpatient visits or day hospital care for more extensive testing and treatment.
Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health
The management of atopic dermatitis can be complex and often requires intensive education and treatment to successfully control the disease. Any one of the following is a good reason to see the National Jewish Health for Kids atopic dermatitis team:
- Itching, dry skin or eczema getting worse despite current therapy
- Atopic dermatitis worsens after being around certain things in the environment or eating certain foods
- Atopic dermatitis interferes with ability to sleep or perform daily activities
- Concerns about medications used to treat atopic dermatitis
- Oral or systemic medications are causing side effects, especially oral steroids
- Recurring infections requiring antibiotic therapy, especially due to Staphylococcus aureus or herpes virus
- Your regular healthcare provider refers you to an expert for evaluation
- You want to participate in research studies to learn more about the disease and new treatments
A Dedicated Team
The National Jewish Health for Kids atopic dermatitis team brings together physicians, nurses, dieticians, psychiatrists and psychologists with specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Our focus is not only on managing symptoms of the disease, but also on identifying the specific triggers that result in exacerbations. We understand the individual needs of patients and families and the resources and education necessary to control atopic dermatitis. Our experienced team has a high success rate for helping families learn how to manage their disease; frequently, skin disease that was refractory to treatment at other medical centers has been improved thanks to this team.
- Comprehensive testing and challenges where needed
- Expertise in difficult diagnostic or disease management problems by a multidisciplinary team
- Patient education and age-appropriate self-care for patients and their families
- In-depth one-on-one teaching
- Demonstrated techniques for self-care, including on-site tub baths and the application of wraps and topical medications
- Behavioral modification
- Addressing sleep disturbance
- Continued follow-up to treat the changing needs of the patient
- Programs to optimize compliance
- A partnership between the patient, family, primary physician and the atopic dermatitis team
- Evaluation for other allergic conditions including food allergies, asthma and allergic rhinitis
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