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Doctor insights on: A Steam Sauna For Eczema

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Would it be a good idea to use a steam sauna for eczema?

Would it be a good idea to use a steam sauna for eczema?

No: Steam sauna or any prolonged exposure to hot water/steam is very bad for the skin and should be avoided. These hot environments strips the skin of much needed moisture and leave your skin feeling dry. This is especially bad if you suffer from eczema. Take quick lukewarm showers and avoid harsh/drying cleansers. Make sure to moisturize with fragrant-free moisturizers like Vanicream or Cetaphil. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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If you have bad eczema, is it smart to go the sauna? Does it help or does it make it worse.

If you have bad eczema, is it smart to go the sauna? Does it help or does it make it worse.

Could make it worse: I would not go in a sauna since all that water could just try out your skin and make the skin much worse. ...Read more

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Tell me about eczema?

Tell me about eczema?

Genetic: Seen at all ages but mostly children. Not allergy. Not food. Not stress. Not infection. Defect of filigren in outer surface of skin. Commonly in families and associated in same families with asthma and pollen reactions. Infants benefit from daily soak in water followed by application of lubricant. Modern ceramide creams are excellent. Itching is prominent and fails to respond to any antihistamine. ...Read more

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How does eczema start?

How does eczema start?

Chronic Inflammation: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Seems to due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Disruption of this barrier results in inflammation of the skin. You likely have a family history of this condition as it tends to be passed on genetically. Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe. See an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I avoid eczema?

How can I avoid eczema?

It's genetic: Most eczema is due to genetically inherited skin defects. This results in chronic dry skin often with rash and itching. Flare ups can be reduced by gentle skin care, using fragrance and dye free skin care products, and applying a high quality moisturizer after bathing. ...Read more

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How can I treat eczema?

How can I treat eczema?

Moisturizers: Moisturizers are the mainstay of ezcema treatment. For stubborn spots doctors often prescribe steroid creams. If eczema is caused or aggravated by allergy, then removal of the offending agent is important too. For more moderate eczema, we recommend soaking in water till the child wrinkles, then pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This can be done several times daily or weekly. ...Read more

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How do I treat eczema?

How do I treat eczema?

Eczema: Avoid trigger factors in food ;environment. Use lot of moisture all the time. Use antihistamine and sarna lotion for itching. Low dose otc Hydrocortisone cream for mild irritation off and on, not constantly. High dose steroid cream or oral by dermatologist. Antibiotic for infection. Light therapy. New immuno modulator medications for recalcitrant eczema. Have patience and learn to live with it. ...Read more

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Can ameia cause eczema?

Can ameia cause eczema?

Not by itself: If you mean "anemia" as a cause of eczema, the answer would be not primarily but perhaps secondarily. It would depend on the cause of the anemia. If there is an antigen involved like a drug or infection, the body could react to those proteins. You should have this evaluated by your internist and dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do you treat eczema?

How do you treat eczema?

Many things: Basically one needs to avoid things that may irritate the skin. Moisturizers with hypo-allergenic creams or ointments will help protect the skin from flare-ups. Topical steroids are used to treat any flare-ups. Those are the basics but every patient needs to be evaluated on his or her own. ...Read more

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How do you treat eczema?

How do you treat eczema?

Moisturise: Eczema is a dry / itchy skin condition caused by impaired barrier function rendering the skin more sensitive. The mainstay of treatment is regular daily emollient / moisturiser to nourish the skin and improve its barrier function. Moisturise the whole body. Intermittent targeted use of corticosteroid ointment can be used for flare ups. Caution with soaps. Www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/atopic-eczema/ ...Read more

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What to do about eczema?

What to do about eczema?

Good Skin Hygiene: Take quick shower (10-15min) in lukewarm water while avoiding harsh and drying cleansers. Pat away excess water and immediately apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night and chlorine baths if more severe. ...Read more

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What make eczema spread?

What make eczema spread?

Poor Skin Hygiene: Eczema worsens due to poor skin hygiene and exposure to triggers. Treat by applying fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream 1-2 times/day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. See an Allergist or Dermatologist to determine what triggers could be making symptoms worse (dry winter months, allergy exposure, etc). ...Read more

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How do you treat eczema?

How do you treat eczema?

See dermatologist: Eczema can be treated with oral, topical, or injectable medications, and have a stress component as well. You need to be evaluated by a dermatologist to learn why you have this problem, and then determine your best treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I relieve eczema?

How can I relieve eczema?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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How to remove bad eczema?

How to remove bad eczema?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What is eczema caused by?

What is eczema caused by?

Nobody knows: But there is an element of allergy in it ...Read more

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How can I control my eczema?

How can I control my eczema?

Hydrate & Moisturize: The main key of controlling eczema is hydration and moisturization of the skin. The best inexpensive topical is petroleum jelly (vaseline®). Lotion is fine, but avoid lotions with heavy perfumes and coloring. Aquaphor® is a better version of vaseline®. Eucerin® is excellent - note that the cream in the jar is better than lotion. Also consider hydrolatum® and cerave®. These are all otc. ...Read more

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Can eczema completely cure?

Can eczema completely cure?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What can be done for eczema?

What can be done for eczema?

Lots: Tx with topical steroids, moisturizers and avoid fragranced products. ...Read more

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What to do to control eczema?

What to do to control eczema?

Managing eczema: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see the doctor. ...Read more

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How does a person get eczema?

Eczema: Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, are believed to be important factors. Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in skin health. ...Read more

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Which foods can cause eczema?

Many: Many foods may aggravate eczema but not cause it. Food testing with either a blood panel or scratch testing could possibly help identify trigger foods. Allergenic foods include peanut, chocolate, strawberry, seafood, corn, milk, citrus, and soy. ...Read more

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Foods that can worsen eczema?

Foods that can worsen eczema?

Eczema & foods: Cow's milk, chicken eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and gluten. Any food that one is allergic to will worsen eczema. Other factors that produce the same effect - smoking; wearing non-cotton fabrics, fabric softener sheets. ...Read more

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What is best to use for eczema?

Please see below.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this plus Hydrocortisone 1% ointment twice daily isn't enough, please see the doctor. ...Read more

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How easy is it to treat eczema?

How easy is it to treat eczema?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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What can someone do for eczema?

What can someone do for eczema?

Good Skin Hygiene: Take quick shower (10-15min) in lukewarm water while avoiding harsh and drying cleansers. Pat away excess water and immediately apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Wet dressings (wet wraps) at night and chlorine baths if more severe. ...Read more

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I have eczema, now what do I do?

I have eczema, now what do I do?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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My eczema has flared up any tips?

My eczema has flared up any tips?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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Will lotriderm work on my eczema?

Will lotriderm work on my eczema?

Not Good Option: Lotriderm is a combination of topical clotrimazole and betamethasone used to treat fungus infections. This is not a very good treatment option for your eczema. Eczema flares are better treated with topical corticosteroid ointments alone, not ones combined with fungal medications. ...Read more

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Eczema is best treated with what?

Eczema is best treated with what?

Yes: Your primary problem is likely a very porous skin allowing you to become allergic to allergens through skin contact. Applying a good moisturizer (ulactin, cerave) immediately after bathing would be the first step. You should consult your allergist if the problem is a very bothersome one. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more