7 myths you may not know about atopy


Atopic skin is a condition which affects more than 50 million people across Europe. In fact, 1 in 5 children suffers from atopic skin. This widely extended condition hides alot of myths. Today we reveal them in this article. Don’t miss out!

Truths and myths about atopy

  1. Atopic dermatitis disappears with time.

TRUE AND FALSE. Depending on the case, atopic dermatitis can last a few months or various years. Few cases last into adulthood, but it’s impossible to predict when it will disappear.

  1. Atopic dermatitis can be contagious.

FALSE. Not at all. It is a genetic condition that is not in the least bit contagious.

  1. It’s a good idea to dry your skin with a hairdryer after showering.

FALSE. This is in no way recommended. The heat of the dryer attacks the skin and destroys the protective lipid layer worsening dryness. And worse of all, you could burn your skin!

  1. Eczema disappears around five years old.

TRUE. 50% of children who had atopic eczema in their first year, were cured by the age of five.

  1. Do not scratch.

TRUE. But the only way to avoid it is through treatment, because it calms the itching and breaks the vicious cycle of atopy: the more we scratch, the more fragile the skin becomes and the more allergens and irritants get through the skin making you want to itch more.

  1. Atopic dermatitis is psychosomatic or triggered by trauma.

FALSE. Although its cause is unknown, it has been recognised that emotions, trauma and stress can affect the frequency and severity of the attacks. However, it is hereditary.

  1. Some foods can aggravate eczema.

TRUE: a reaction or redness can appear around the mouth immediately after having eaten. It’s important to discuss these cases with a doctor in order to determine if the food has allergic potential.

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