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Atopic Eczema Treatment
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
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms 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
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
No: 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 1 more doctor answer
Moisture loss: The basic problem in eczema is loss of the normal moisture from the skin causing dry skin. Dry skin itches. Scratching the dry skin (or rubbing it on bedding) causes rash. Therefore eczema has been described as "the itch that rashes." people with eczema are sometimes missing some barrier proteins that prevent moisture loss. 1/3 of eczema may have food allergy triggers, but 2/3 will not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 1 more doctor answer
Topical Creams: For limited localized atopic dermatitis, use a topical emmolient moisturizer to repair the epidermal barrier dysfunction. If itching is troublesome, the application of a topical steroid cream will provide relief. If there are signs of infection with fevers and yellow crusting, seek professional help for antibiotic treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moisturizer: Treatment for atopic dermatitis is typically a moisterizer like cerave of eucerin or aquaphor. Avoid anything irritating - even toothpaste if it gets on the outside of your mouth can be a problem. And don't lick your lips. If these thingdon't bring releif see an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Moisturize: Moisturize with Vaseline or Aquaphor. Can use low-potency topical corticosteroids twice a day with flares but limit use as prolonged applications can cause thinning and discoloration of the skin. Also avoid triggers, daily use of Chapstick, and/or lip licking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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