How are exacerbations of atopic dermatitis (AD) prevented?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Cassandra Bradby, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Breastfeeding has indisputable benefits in infant nutrition, but no strong evidence suggests a protective effect against the development of atopic dermatitis, even in children with a family positive history. [18]

The mainstay of treatment of atopic dermatitis is prevention of outbreaks. Patients should continue to take short showers/baths followed by immediate hydration of skin with emollients even during rash-free times. They should also continue to avoid any triggers that may exacerbate atopic dermatitis.


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