WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE WITH ATOPIC DERMATITIS?

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Hello everyone and welcome to another day of the DermControl Atopic Dermatitis Blog! It is well known that atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that significantly affects quality of life, especially in children. Many parents wonder whether their children will be able to lead a normal life with this condition. The answer is a resounding YES, as long as a few extra precautions are taken. And that’s what we’ll talk about in today’s chapter! What is it like to live with atopic dermatitis? Keep reading!

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE WITH ATOPIC DERMATITIS AT SCHOOL

For children, school life can be challenging enough, but with atopic dermatitis, certain measures need to be taken to manage it effectively.

Here are some tips:

  • Avoid heat: Avoid sitting near heat sources such as radiators or windows where the sun can get in.
  • Avoid sweating: Wear light, breathable clothing to minimise perspiration.
  • Managing stress: It is advisable to teach them relaxation techniques to manage stress, as this can be the trigger for an outbreak.
  • Take precautions in the classroom: For example, sit away from the blackboard to avoid chalk dust, or wash your hands after the break with a special gel to avoid skin irritation.
  • Inform teachers: Teachers should be informed of the child’s condition and special needs. Children should also be encouraged to talk about the condition with their peers to avoid misunderstandings and reduce the risk of bullying.

SPORT

It is not only possible for children with atopic dermatitis to take part in sport, it is highly recommended that they do so, as long as they follow a few tips such as those listed below:

  • Hydration: It is important to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
  • Appropriate clothing: Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to avoid irritation from perspiration.
  • Contact sports: Avoid contact sports during acute crises to prevent further injury.
  • Post-exercise hygiene: Shower and change clothes immediately after exercise.
  • Possible asthma attacks: Inform teachers or carers of the possibility of associated asthma attacks.
  • Swimming: If your child swims, it is important to know that a barrier cream should be applied before swimming to protect the skin from chlorine. Shower immediately after swimming to remove chlorine residue.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

In addition to extracurricular sports, artistic and creative activities are highly recommended for children with atopic dermatitis:

  • Emotional benefits: They increase self-esteem and provide a form of positive expression.
  • Stress reduction: Activities such as painting, music or reading help to reduce stress, which can improve the management of atopic dermatitis.

So… what is it like to live with atopic dermatitis? Well, it’s a challenge, but with the right precautions, children can lead normal, full and active lives. The key is to educate both the child and their environment to understand and manage the condition. In addition, with the right support, it is possible to minimise the impact of atopic dermatitis and allow children to enjoy their daily activities without significant restrictions.

If you have a child with eczema, remember that with patience and attention, they can live a happy and healthy life.

Thank you for reading, we want to be your source of information on eczema. Stay tuned for our publications, see you soon!

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