Neurodermatitis (also known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema) is a common skin condition. In Germany, around 10-15% of all children are affected, while around 1-2% of adults suffer from neurodermatitis. Associated illnesses include allergic asthma, food allergies and hay fever.
Neurodermatitis progresses in stages and is chronic. Psychological strain occurs mainly due to severe itching, which leads to a significant deterioration in sleep quality and is often a strain for the entire family. Many also suffer from visible changes on the skin.
What causes neurodermatitis?
Neurodermatitis is a genetic condition. Many members of a family are often affected by a so-called atopic disease, such as neurodermatitis, hay fever, asthma or food allergies. There are also trigger factors that can cause a breakout. These could be e.g. dust mites, dry skin, high pollen count in the spring, animal hair, stress and other factors. The significance of the trigger factors is very different for every person. Therefore, it is important for those affected to know their trigger factors and avoid or reduce them where possible.
What are the symptoms of neurodermatitis?
Neurodermatitis usually manifests itself in dry, raw and inflamed areas of the skin, which can be very itchy. The severity, spread and duration of a stage depends on the trigger factor, as well as the physical and mental state of the person affected at the time.
Neurodermatitis can affect small and large areas of many parts of the body, such as the stomach, back, joints, scalp and the face.
What is the connection between allergies and neurodermatitis?
Many patients with neurodermatitis also tend to suffer from allergies. If we suspect that you have an allergy, we will perform allergy diagnostics on you or your child on the skin and/or by conducting a laboratory test. After, we will discuss the necessary measures to treat or avoid the allergens.
Which treatments do we use for neurodermatitis?
The treatment of neurodermatitis is based on the severity and progression of the condition and is divided up at the Hautmedizin Bad Soden into basic treatment (reducing the trigger factors and external skin care), local therapy (treatment with antiseptics and cortisone cream), brine and light therapy and systemic therapy with the latest substances.
Since this disease has a profound effect on patients and their family, a single consultation is usually not enough to give our patients comprehensive information on how to deal with neurodermatitis and the treatment concepts. As a member and training centre of the Neurodermatitis Academy of Hesse-Thuringia, Germany, we offer special neurodermatitis training courses for children, parents, adolescents and adult patients.