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Alternative Treatments For Atopic Eczema
Depends on severity: Eczema is the result of dry skin. Dry skin itches leading to scratching & an endless cycle of itching & scratching resulting in skin damage. Because the skin barrier is compromised you can rehydrate the skin by soaking in a warm tub. Soap not needed. Immediately after bathing trap the moisture in the skin with vaseline, ointments or creams. Avoid lotions. Tougher cases need steroids & antibiotics. ...Read more
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
Should I be concerned if my 8yr old daughter has just been diagnosed with (atopic) eczema, any advice on treatment and care please.?
Eczema in children: Eczema is a common skin problem in children. Many factors can contribute to its pathologies such as skin barrier, allergic diseases, infections... Depending on the severity of eczema, you might or might not need to bring your child to see experts in the field. For mild symptoms, keep her skin moist by using skin lotion many times a day and avoiding irritant like strong soap would help. ...Read more
Atopic dermatitis: Many factors contribute to this problem like skin barrier, allergies, infection... Keeping your skin moist by applying skin lotion many times a day, avoiding strong soap would help significantly. In mild cases, otc topical Hydrocortisone is also helpful. If symptoms are not controlled, you should see either an allergist or dermatologist since they are specialized in treating eczema. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Moisturizer/steroid: If you look at eczema as a problem with inflammation and dryness, you define what you are treating more easily. Whether it's mild or severe, you should always use topical moisturizers (eucerin, aveeno, (oatmeal) even vaseline). Topical steroids will take care of the inflammation. The severity of the rash generally determines how strong it needs to be. ...Read more
I am suffering from atopic dermatitis since last 2 years, affecting face and hantried local and systemic steroids, moiturisers. Suggest me treatment?
Took cetrizine for month, my eyes are still itchy, I have atopic dermatitis, vision is important to me, what treatment is best for me?
Eye drips: Ocular allergies can be very uncomfortable. Recommended meds include topical anti -allergies such as Patanol or Bepreve (bepotastine besilate) (prescribed allergy drops). Only by getting a combination of systemic and ocular drops can you get your symptoms in control. As always a complete eye exam is highly recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet and stress: What you eat is very important. Make sure you have high quality essential fatty acids, particularly omega 3s and a supplement may be necessary. You may have food sensitivities and can try an elimination diet. Probiotics also are good. Many find a correlation to stress so techniques such as meditation, self-hypnosis and guided imagery may be useful. Moisturize with a non-alcohol based product. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I suffer seborrheic eczema especially in the face. Ketoisdin cream I was prescribed. I wonder if there is any other alternative treatment.
Wat''s difference between eczema & atopic dermatitis? Which one is harder to treat and difficult to deal with? Can the words be used interchangeably?
Yes, Interchangeable: Atopic dermatitis and eczema are usually interchangeable because they mean the same condition. However, you could have eczema which could be localized such as nummular eczema which is not atopic dermatitis. The term atopic is associated with allergy. Patients with atopic dermatitis do suffer from other conditions such as asthma also. ...Read more
Wax: Wsp stands for white soft paraffin. The steroid is dissolved in the paraffin and that allows it to be diluted and delivered in a form where you can easily apply it to your skin. ...Read more
....more: Topical meds like steroids offer relief when itching is horrendous. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and hyrdoxyzine can also help. I prefer to approach it with the methods mentioned above to stimulate healing from the inside out. Allergy testing and food allergy testing with companies like alcat can also offer beneficial information. There is much that can be done to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Seems to be 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. Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe and is associated with itching. See an allergist or dermatologist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often but not always: 70% of the children lose their ad by age 7, but the other 30% don't. Ad may also develop in adulthood but this is much less frequent and may be a totally different disease. One thing seems clear-nearly all ad patients have dry skin, the result of a defective skin layer causing water loss. Moisturizer immediately after bathing is a must. ...Read more
Within Days: For severe eczema and/or exacerbation of eczema you should start seeing improvement in skin within a few days. If you have a severe flare make sure you are given a burst with a prolonged taper as eczema tends to flare right back up if oral steroids are abruptly discontinued. Make sure you are following eczema treatment plan with daily moisturization, bleach baths, avoidance of triggers, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer