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Answered 2007-06-19 15:25:40

Although atopic dermatitis cannot be cured, you can reduce the severity of the symptoms by taking baths, removing dead skin and coating your skin with petroleum jelly or vegetable shortening to keep the moisture in. Other things that can be done are using a steroid based coal tar ointment on your skin to reduce itching. To relieve the allergy related symptoms, try oral antihistamines.

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