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how would you know if you've got eczema?

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Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology 27 years experience
Eczema: There are many different kinds of eczema and dermatitis. 1. Contact dermatitis--an allergy, such as poison ivy. Typically, there are red bumps or blisters arranged in a line or in the areas in which contact with the substance is made. 2. Atopic dermatitis--there is scale, itching and redness that most commonly affected the front of the elbow and the back of the knees. 3. Seborrheic dermatitis.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some common triggers of eczema?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Irritants: Common triggers include overheating, sweating, contact with irritants as soaps, wool and pet dander, stress, and cold weather.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What can I do to reduce the symptoms of eczema?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Moisturize; HC cream: For mild to moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, available at most stores, and works well. A daily moisturizing cream used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. Examples: cetaphil, cerave, eucerin. Some people avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances due to sensitivity to the ingredients.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Use Cetafil for cleansing instead of soap & water. Consult a dermatologist for individualized management. If bathing, apply emollients to moist skin- the " 10- second rule."
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A 54-year-old member asked:

Why and how do people get eczema

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Many reasons: Too many reasons why people get it. Contact allergens(allergic contact dermatitis), genetic background(atopic dermatitis), dry environment or aging(xerotic eczema), stress(dyshydrotic eczema), stress plus possible yeast infecion(seborrheic dermatitis) are just some of them.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does vinegar help if I have eczema?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yes: Secondary infection with bacteria especially staph is common with eczema. Vinegar diluted in bath water serves as an antimicrobial and helps control eczema flares. Studies have shown that most children are infected with staph which leads to eczema flares. The vinegar needs to be really diluted (about 1/2 cup in a bath tub). Don't ever pour vinegar directly on the skin.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What foods should I avoid for my eczema?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
Dermatology 23 years experience
Multiple: Children who have undergone controlled food challenges, milk, soy, wheat, peanut and fish account for 90% of food allergens that cause atopic dermatitis (or eczema) flares. This does not mean that you are allergic to all of the above categories, but that these are the most common culprits. Rotating elimination diet monthly is probably more practical.

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