Atopic Dermatitis Rashes
A rash may develop fluid-filled sores that ooze fluid or crust over. This may happen when the skin is rubbed or scratched or if a skin infection is present. Treatment for an oozing rash includes:
If a bacterial infection has developed, you will need to use an antibiotic. In severe cases, an oral corticosteroid may be necessary.
Subacute scaly rashes
Subacute scaly rashes are typically dry, red, and itchy. Medium- to high-strength corticosteroids are applied 2 times a day as an ointment or cream until the rash is cleared and itching is reduced. At this point, begin reducing the amount of corticosteroid used from 2 times a day to 1 time every other day over 2 to 4 weeks.
Thick skin (lichenified)
Skin thickened (lichenified) by atopic dermatitis is treated with high-strength corticosteroid ointments for 2 to 6 weeks. A dressing is sometimes used to cover the affected area after the medicine is applied. Coal tar preparations may be used if the corticosteroids are not effective.
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