The redness, discoloration, dryness, and itch of atopic dermatitis (AD) could send you to your dermatologist in search of solutions. Your doctor will start by taking stock of your symptoms.

“The first thing is assessing disease severity,” says Lindsay Strowd, MD, an associate professor of dermatology and vice chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Doctors figure out how severe your AD is by the amount of your body surface that’s affected. The more areas of inflamed skin you have, the more severe your condition. They also look at the area of your body where AD is located….


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