The Top Atopic Dermatitis Resources

Where can you find atopic dermatitis resources? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 7.3 percent of American adults have atopic dermatitis. If you're one of the many with this diagnosis, take a look at where you can find reliable atopic dermatitis information.

Your Dermatologist

Atopic dermatitis disease isn't a condition you can diagnose without the help of a professional. Even though there's plenty of information online about eczema and other skin irritations, only a qualified medical provider (such as a dermatologist, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner) should examine your skin and provide a diagnosis.

If you have questions about your recent dermatological diagnosis of chronic eczema or a similar dermatitis-related issue, ask the medical provider. Your dermatologist (or the physician's assistant/nurse practitioner) can answer questions about the condition, treatments, ongoing problems, how to prevent flare-ups, and what to expect in the future.

National Associations Organizations

You have atopic dermatitis — and you need more information on the condition. While your medical provider is the first choice for authoritative, reliable facts on eczema and other dermatological conditions, medical associations and organizations can also provide you with information.

These associations include doctors' or medical groups and condition-specific, dermatological, and allergy organizations such as the AAFA; the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI); the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD); the National Eczema Association; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Use caution as you browse these sites. Anyone can create a website and call themselves an expert. Only choose authoritative, verifiable sources. Read the "about" information to make sure the site is from a well-accepted, scientific/medical group.

Hospital Resource Centers

National associations and organizations aren't the only options for online information. You can also find facts about atopic dermatitis on the websites of local and national hospitals. Start your search with the hospital closest to you. If you don't find the information you need, continue your search and review websites from other hospitals across the country.

Books and Journals

Even though almost everything is online, books can still help you to learn more about your new condition. Visit your local library or buy books from doctors or medical organizations on atopic dermatitis. If you want to learn more about current research on the subject, read medical or scientific journals. You can find these articles online or in some local and university libraries.