Q. Can atopic dermatitis spread?

Answered by
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 02, 2021

Hi doctor,

My 7-year-old son is healthy, but he had skin rashes two months ago in his butt. I went to the doctor. He took a skin biopsy and a blood test. He said that it was a viral infection, and there was no treatment for that. Still, it did not go away. It comes and goes. Should I be worried about it?



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  • Is the lesion itchy?
  • Does he have any fever?
  • Did he scratch and rub the lesions excessively?
  • Is that spreading?
  • Does he have any history of atopy or allergies?

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Hi doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, sometimes it is itchy, and he rubs there. He does not have a fever. It is not spreading but presents only in the butt. There were more rashes in the waist, but now it has disappeared. There is no history of atopic, but he has a history of allergies.



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It is an allergic rash (Atopic Dermatitis).

  • Apply Desonide cream at night for ten days.
  • Miconazole cream in the evening for ten days.
  • Syrup Atarax (Hydroxyzine) 2.5 ml (one spoonful) twice daily in the morning and night for seven days.
  • Moisturize skin daily.
  • Physiogel hypoallergic lotion or Cetaphil lotion or Atogla lotion in the morning and noon for ten days.
  • Azac (Azelaic acid) soap for the bath for one month.
  • Avoid known triggering factors or food allergens or environmental allergens or aeroallergens, house dust, contact with pets, and woolen clothes.
  • Avoid scratching and rubbing of lesions.
  • Wear loose, thin, comfortable cotton clothes.
  • Avoid occlusive wear and friction.


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