Health lines: atopic dermatitis
Get 1 year from 27.50 €

Digital and paper subscriptions available worldwide

Subscribe now

Health lines: atopic dermatitis

Wed 20 Nov 2019 2:06 PM

What is Atopic Dermatitis?


It’s an inflammatory skin disease that’s not contagious and is rarely allergic which affects people with a personal or family history of atopy, with skin that’s overly reactive to a range of stimuli and whose main symptom is intense itching.



At what age does it manifest itself?


In most cases, it occurs in paediatric age and in 50% of cases it is usually resolved by puberty. In the other 50% it tends to remain latent, with possible sporadic relapses, and only a small percentage of these remain active in adulthood.



How does it manifest itself?


In the acute phases, some or all of these signs may be present: red patches (erythematous), wet, dry, highly itchy skin.

In the remission phases. the skin may not show any sign of disease, even if a reaction of hyperactivity persists.


Dott.ssa Carelli, dermatologist at Villa Ulivella e Glicini (IFCA)





Specific emollients and detergents for atopic and acute-phase skin, including local corticosteroids.



Advice for daily life:


– Clothing made of natural fibre and in light colours should be washed with little detergent and avoiding softeners and disinfectants.

– Restrict the amount of time spend in the pool. Always take a quick shower to remove the chlorine after activity.

– Sun exposure with usual precautions.

– Go to the seaside during summer.

– Avoid smoking at home, air your home regularly and avoid carpets, mattresses, wool cushions and heavy fabric curtains.

– Avoid high temperatures indoors and dust.

– Always moisturise the skin.

– Avoid foods that can trigger itching.




Villa Ulivella e Glicini (IFCA)

Via del Pergolino, 4-6, 50139 Florence

(0039) 373 7698604

Related articles


The 100,000 Euro Flat Tax Regime for New Residents in Italy

What is the flat tax for income from abroad? Individuals who transfer their residency to Italy can benefit from a substitute tax on income produced abroad, by paying a fixed ...


Moving on from school: college counseling at ISF

ISF has appointed a new College Counselor, Rhonda Carr, to guide students through the difficult process of applying to international universities.


The Festival of Song by the International School of Florence

The annual Festival of Song by the International School of Florence brings impressive musical talent and holiday cheer.