Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dermatitis Atopic Home Care

Home care for atopic dermatitis includes:

  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Compress may reduce swelling
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Dermatitis Atopic Medications

Medications that may help itching due to atopic dermatitis include:

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Dermatitis Atopic Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have atopic dermatitis and any of the following:

Seek medical care right away for:

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Dermatitis Atopic References
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