Avoiding dry skin is an important part of treating atopic dermatitis. This is done through bathing and using moisturizers.
Excessive bathing with soap or failure to use a moisturizer may leave the skin dry, making atopic dermatitis worse. Your doctor will suggest how often you should bathe based on your skin and the climate where you live.
General bathing and moisturizing guidelines for people with atopic dermatitis are as follows:
When an atopic dermatitis rash results in open, oozing, or crusted sores, clean the affected area. In this case, your doctor also may suggest:
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