Quick facts: Atopic Dermatitis

Written by Seb Owen

Seb grew up surrounded by animals so reading Biology at University was a natural progression. From there he joined Vita Bee Health, with responsibility for developing our honey bee health sales in Central/Eastern Europe. It became clear to him that there was a real need for a company dedicated to supporting veterinary practices by offering high a quality, research-backed, veterinary-exclusive range of products. Thus, Vita Animal Health was born in 2018 and, in the expert hands of registered vet nurse Tara Evans, has gone from strength to strength.

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1st December 2020

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is an inappropriate immune response to environmental substances that therefore causes inflammation of the skin.

Causes There is a genetic predisposition for atopic dermatitis. Several allergens can be responsible for triggering atopic dermatitis including grass, pollen, dust mites and storage mites.

Affected Animals

Any animal can be affected by atopic dermatitis but certain breeds such as West Highland White Terriers and Shar Peis are more prone to developing the disease.

Clinical Signs

Clinical signs include itching and can affect all areas of the animal especially ears, axillas (armpits), groin and limbs. Reddening of the skin, increased pigmentation, rashes and infection occurs due to the inflammatory process.

Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Diagnosis of atopic dermatitis can be difficult and involves identifying and treating any other potential contributing factors such as external parasites. There is no specific test for atopic dermatitis. Several treatment options are available and your veterinary surgeon will formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

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