Atopic Dermatitis

Martin Safko, MD -  - Dermatologist

Southwest Dermatology Center

Martin Safko, MD

Dermatologist located in Las Vegas, NV

Atopic Dermatitis Specialist
Atopic dermatitis appears as an itchy, persistent rash on your cheeks, legs and arms. If you’re one of the 17.8 million Americans with this most common form of eczema, contact Dr. Martin Safko at Southwest Dermatology Center today. Dr. Safko helps patients in the Las Vegas area manage and treat the condition.

Atopic Dermatitis Q & A

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is a very common form of eczema. It appears as itchiness and rashes just about anywhere on your body but often on your cheeks, legs, and arms. Men and women with asthma and/or hay fever often develop atopic dermatitis.

How do I know if I have it?

Atopic dermatitis usually develops when you’re a baby, so it’s likely you were diagnosed quite young. But some adults can develop it. It may fade during childhood, but sometimes it persists into adulthood. Atopic dermatitis occurs due to a combination of genetics and environmental triggers. It’s not well understood why certain people are more vulnerable to flare-ups.

Specific signs that your rash may be atopic dermatitis are:

  •  Redness and itching, especially on your arms, legs, and/or cheeks
  • Dry and scaly skin, or patches of skin
  • Cracks behind your ears
  • Crusty sores that may ooze or remain open during the most serious outbreaks

If you suspect that your rash is atopic dermatitis, make an appointment with Dr. Safko to be examined. His vast dermatological experience can provide a diagnosis and course of treatment.

What makes atopic dermatitis such a serious form of eczema?

Atopic dermatitis is often a long-term condition that can affect your quality of life. Your skin may become easily irritated and the rash may lead to infections. It can also lead to hand eczema, eyelid dermatitis, and cataracts.

What treatments are available for atopic dermatitis?

Managing atopic dermatitis involves knowing your triggers. Dr. Safko can help you figure out what these are; common ones include seasonal pollen, pet dander, and mold. You may also be more sensitive when your skin is dry, you’re stressed, or in extreme temperatures.

Dr. Safko can help you adjust your lifestyle to support good skin care habits and stress management. He may also recommend certain fabrics and chemicals to avoid or prevent a flare-up. You may also be a good candidate for Pharos laser therapy. Dr. Safko uses the handheld device to target areas most affected by your atopic dermatitis. This pain-free, fast, and effective treatment can alleviate discomfort and fade the rash-sensitive patches.

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