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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The Atopic Dermatitis Center, located within the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s Hospital Boston, knows that if your child has atopic dermatitis, you’ve probably struggled with how to help her skin from itching and causing painful irritation. Experts in our center are here to help you every step of the way.
During the first visit, a nurse practitioner will review your child's medical history with you and will perform a physical examination.
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment plan. We'll also provide you with information about atopic dermatitis, skin care and food allergy and will answer any questions you might have.
The evaluation may take one or more visits.
Although there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, treatment can decrease your child’s skin dryness and irritation. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the case of atopic dermatitis.
Many children with atopic dermatitis have an underlying skin barrier defect that requires them to take special care of their skin for their whole lives. In this case, they need to avoid irritants and may need to use moisturizers daily, which helps to decrease itching and flaking.
In severe cases, physicians may prescribe your child medications, such as steroid creams or antibiotics, to help alleviate her atopic dermatitis symptoms.
If a food allergy is triggering your child’s atopic dermatitis, we will identify the food allergen and remove it from your child’s diet. During this time, your child will receive treatment for skin inflammation.
The key factors in our approach to treatment include:
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s most extensive research enterprise at a pediatric hospital.
Atopic Dermatitis Research
Atopic Dermatitis Center, a program within the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s, develops treatments informed by research. Lynda Schneider, MD, is a principal investigator for the NIH Atopic Dermatitis Research Network (ADRN) which is focused on atopic dermatitis (AD) and its association with both immune and skin barrier defects. (ADRNStudy@childrens.harvard.edu) Dr. Schneider is also an investigator for a long term study of children who have used topical tacrolimus ointment.
Food Allergy Research
Dr. Schneider, Umetsu and Rachid are conducting studies to evaluate desensitization for peanut allergy in children and young adults. If you or your child are interested in participating contact 617-355-6127.
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