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Atopic Dermatitis

image Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects many individuals throughout the world.

Also known as atopic eczema, infantile eczema or endogenous eczema, atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition that leaves the skin red, itchy and inflamed. It is particularly common in children, with up to one in five children suffering from the condition, compared to one in twelve adults.

If you would like some more information and advice on atopic dermatitis, please take a look at our information section further down the page.
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Popular Atopic Dermatitis Treatments

If you are unsure which atopic dermatitis treatment will be right for you, take a look at our list of popular products below.
  • Eumovate Cream 15g

    Eumovate Cream 15g

    Steroid cream for short-term treatment and control of atopic dermatitis!

    Eumovate Cream is a moisturising cream containing clobetasone butyrate 0.05% w/w. A non-steroid version called Eumocream is also available.

    (incl VAT)
  • Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g

    Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g

    Great value!

    A hydrocortisone cream will help reduce the inflammation associated with atopic dermatitis. The low-cost generic product comes from our Express Chemist Value range.

    (incl VAT)
  • Epaderm Ointment 500g

    Epaderm Ointment 500g

    3-in-1 Emollient!

    Epaderm Ointment 500g can be used as a moisturiser, bath additive and soap substitute.

    (incl VAT)
  • Dermal Adex Gel 500g

    Dermal Adex Gel 500g

    Dermal Adex Gel 500g a protective emollient with an anti-inflammatory medicinal substance ideal for the treatment of dry skin conditions atopic and contact dermatitis.

    (incl VAT)
  • Dermal Adex Gel 100g

    Dermal Adex Gel 100g

    Dermal Adex Gel 100g an emollient for dry skin conditions such as contact and atopic dermatitis.

    (incl VAT)
  • Cetraben Emollient Bath Additive 500ml

    Cetraben Emollient Bath Additive 500ml

    For a nourishing bath!

    Cetraben Bath Additive is light liquid paraffin emollient that can be added to a bath to relive dry skin conditions.

    (incl VAT)
  • E45 Dermatitis Cream

    E45 Dermatitis Cream

    E45 Dermatitis Cream offers scientifically proven help to reduce inflammation and redness. Suitable for mild to moderate dermatitis and eczema

    (incl VAT)
  • Pharmaceris P Body-Ichtilium Soothing and Enriching Body Cream 175ml

    Pharmaceris P Body-Ichtilium Soothing and Enriching Body Cream 175ml

    Pharmaceris P is a soothing and enriching body cream for the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

    (incl VAT)
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Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

  • Eczema & Dermatitis Creams

    Eczema & Dermatitis Creams

    Our selection of cream and lotions specially formulated to help calm and control outbreaks of atopic dermatitis and other dry and inflamed skin conditions.

  • Emollients


    Emollients soothe and hydrate dry, flaky skin. If you suffer from regular eczema, you should make an emollient part of your daily skin care routine.

Atopic Dermatitis Information

About Atopic Dermatitis

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is an itchy, inflamed skin condition that is often chronic (long-lasting) and prone to relapses. It commonly affects area of the body where the skin creases or folds, such as neck, face, chest, fronts of elbows or backs of knees.

Atopic dermatitis is often linked to other atopic conditions, such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma and allergic conjunctivitis. Atopic syndrome (atopy) is a disease characterised by allergic hypersensitivity. It is often hereditary and commonly runs in families. Sufferers of atopic dermatitis will almost certainly react easily to allergens and, when doing so, will also display symptoms of the other conditions mentioned.

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition, which means that it persists for a long time or is constantly recurring. As mentioned earlier, it is particularly common in children, with around 20% developing the condition, often before the age of 5. Though the condition can continue into adulthood, around 75% of cases will improve by adolescence.

What causes atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema) is a hereditary condition that can flare up in reaction to a range of triggers, such as chemical irritants (detergents, soaps), environmental allergens (pollen, dust mites, mould), stress, sweating and humidity. While not a cause of atopic dermatitis, some foodstuffs such as nuts, eggs, wheat, milk and soya can cause flare ups of similar atopic symptoms.

If you suffer from atopic dermatitis, showers, hot baths, detergents, solvents and materials such as wool come further aggravate the condition.

What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis can appear anywhere on the body, but it typically affects the face, neck, chest, hands, feet and skin folds. Symptoms of the condition can differ from person to person, but is commonly characterised by red, flaky, itchy skin, that may develop raised bumps liable to crusting and further itching. This can lead to sensitive, cracked or scaly skin that can ooze and succumb to bacterial infection. Itching is perhaps the defining characteristic of atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema). It might feel good to scratch, but this leads to the dreaded 'itch, scratch cycle' that makes things worse.

How to treat atopic dermatitis?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for atopic dermatitis. As with other conditions triggered by external factors, prevention is often the best course of action. Commonly, this involves discovering the particular triggers that affect you and learning how best to avoid them.

Topical treatments can be used to reduce the dryness and irritation caused by atopic dermatitis. These don't cure the condition, but deliver much needed relief and can help break the itch-scratch cycle. Thick moisturisers and emollients are particularly useful at retaining moisture and protecting the skin. Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline is considered to be a particularly effective moisturiser.

Bathing and showering can aggravate atopic dermatitis, but bath additives and shower emollients from our bath and shower products for eczema and dermatitis range with protect and nourish your skin while allowing you to maintain your daily washing routine.

If itching and inflammation is a problem, you may wish to consider a hydrocortisone cream from our range of steroid creams. If you are unsure which product is right for you, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.