What measures can reduce the incidence of irritant-induced pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Nonspecific triggers of inflammation in patients with atopic dermatitis may include physical or chemical irritants. The following simple measures should be followed in daily life to reduce the frequency and severity of irritant-induced atopic dermatitis flares [47] :

  • Skin care products that contain alcohol and astringents should be avoided.

  • New clothes should be laundered before use to remove formaldehyde and other chemicals.

  • Liquid detergents are preferred over powder detergents for laundering clothes, as liquids are easier to rinse out. A second rinse cycle may also improve removal of residual detergent.

  • Patients should shower immediately after swimming in chlorinated pools and should subsequently apply moisturizer.

  • Fragrance-free skin products that are hypoallergenic or made for "sensitive skin" may be less irritating than other kinds of skin products.

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