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Contact dermatitis vs. eczema (atopic dermatitis)

While contact dermatitis and the symptoms of eczema (or atopic dermatitis) are often similar, these two conditions are still different from each other. Dr. Paul Yamauchi and the team at Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center of Santa Monica, California can help patients distinguish between the two to not only get a definitive diagnosis, but to find the best treatment for their needs.

What are the similarities between atopic and contact dermatitis?

In both atopic and contact dermatitis, patients may experience itching, redness, and bumps on the skin. This is why it can be confusing as to which is which. However, this is often where the similarities end.

Understanding the differences between atopic and contact dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a condition that is often caused by genetic mutation and can be hereditary. It typically occurs in flexural locations of the skin and is most prevalent in children ages 5 or younger. Some children can grow out of eczema as they age, while others continue to struggle with the condition into adulthood. Contact dermatitis, however, is caused by a reaction to a chemical exposure. It is much less common in children and only occurs at the site of exposure to the chemical. Contact dermatitis is typically seen in patients who have an allergic reaction to a chemical in detergents or a certain type of fabric. It is often treated by eliminating contact with that chemical, and by avoiding contact, the condition can be controlled. Atopic dermatitis, on the other hand, is a chronic problem that often has no known immediate cause or trigger for some patients, making it more difficult to control.

Looking to demystify the difference between contact dermatitis and eczema?

Now is the time to connect with Dr. Paul Yamauchi and his associates at the Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center to discuss the benefits of getting a proper diagnosis of your skin rash concern to find the best solution and treatment. The Santa Monica, California area office is located at 2001 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite #1160W and can be reached by phone to request a consultation at (310) 829-4104.

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