Atopic Dermatitis Specialist

Atopic Dermatitis in Wesley Chapel
Atopic Dermatitis in Wesley Chapel, FL

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common forms of eczema and can be chronic. The cause isn’t known for certain, but it usually begins in childhood and may resolve with age. But, some adults can continue to experience the symptoms that include the telltale dry, red, and itchy skin. You may also experience:

  • Open, crusty sores
  • Cracks behind the ears
  • A rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs

The rash may appear as small bumps that look like little blisters.

What causes atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis can coexist with asthma and hay fever. If you have either of these allergic conditions, you’re more likely to develop atopic dermatitis, too. In families in which one parent has asthma or hay fever, their children have a 50% chance of developing the respiratory condition or atopic dermatitis. If both parents have the conditions, the children’s risk rises even more. A reaction to a specific food does not cause atopic dermatitis.

The exact cause of atopic dermatitis is unknown. Oftentimes, it has a genetic component. For a flare-up to occur, something must stimulate the immune system to overreact and cause the skin inflammation.

One possible cause is a mutation in a gene that creates a specific protein known as filaggrin. This protein is responsible for the strong protective barrier at the top layer of your skin. When this protein is compromised, inflammation occurs.

How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed?

Dr. Tadicherla performs a physical exam and a medical history. She looks for a rash and may ask lots of questions about symptoms. She may perform a patch test in which she places a small sample of allergens on your skin, and checks for reactions periodically -- after a few hours, 24 hours, and 72 hours. Certain allergens are known to make atopic dermatitis worse.

How is atopic dermatitis treated?

Dr. Tadicherla can help you develop an at-home treatment plan for when you have mild flare-ups. This can include specific moisturizers and preventive care.

If you have a serious rash that’s oozing, crusty, scaly, red, itchy, or thickened, you may need to come in for medical attention. She can offer prescription medications, wet wraps, and other therapies to help you find relief. Ultimately, the primary goal of treatment is to prevent atopic dermatitis from getting worse, relieve emotional stress, and prevent infections.

Are you experiencing common symptoms of atopic dermatitis? Get the expert dermatological care you deserve with our team at Wesley Chapel Dermatology. You can reach us in our Wesley Chapel, FL office at (813) 606-4144 to schedule an appointment!

Wesley Chapel Dermatology


2336 Crestover Ln Suite 101,
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544


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