5 Common Misconceptions About Atopic Dermatitis
Many of us have heard about or even know people with atopic dermatitis, more commonly referred to as eczema. There are a lot of facts that most people are not aware of and we would like to help set the story straight. Here are 5 common misconceptions:
"It’s just a rash"
Atopic dermatitis can be "just a rash," but more often than not, it has a negative impact on the overall quality of life – way beyond that of a normal rash. In most cases, it involves inflammation and red lesions, and also disturbs sleep. Many children with atopic dermatitis suffer from bullying, and in some cases, it could even lead to anxiety and depression.
"It passes when babies grow older"
A large amount of children who suffer from atopic dermatitis are lucky and the disease passes during childhood. However, oftentimes it persists to later childhood and to adulthood. For both those that see the disease resolve and those who live with it past childhood, it can further develop into other allergic conditions such as food allergies and asthma.
"It is only a skin condition"
Atopic dermatitis symptoms manifest primarily on the skin. However, it is an allergic condition, driven by an immune response to allergens that penetrate through the skin barrier. The development of atopic dermatitis in childhood can affect the overall development of the immune system in a child.
"It is only a matter of genetics"
Atopic dermatitis affects about 20% of the population, many of which have a history of atopic conditions. However, there are children who are more likely to develop it. The risk of an individual is determined based on their genetics, living environment, birth, house settings and more. MYOR uses 28 factors to provide a risk assessment for newborns, which goes far beyond the genetic disposition and provides for a holistic assessment of a child's propensity to develop atopic dermatitis later in life.
"It is impossible to prevent atopic dermatitis"
This is half-true. After atopic dermatitis has already developed, there is really no going back and no preventing the next flare-up. However, if addressed in the first months of life, atopic dermatitis can be prevented entirely. There are numerous studies that have shown that several early-life practices reduce the occurrence of atopic dermatitis. MYOR packages best practices for AD prevention into a personalized protection plan for parents of newborns to maximize protection when your baby needs it most.