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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic irritative skin condition where the skin becomes ...Read more


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What causes atopic eczema?

What causes atopic eczema?

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 more

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What leads to atopic eczema?

What  leads to atopic eczema?

Atopy (see below): Asthma, eczema, & allergies are "atopic" diseases. "atopy" is an inherited tendency for developing any of these diseases. That being said... If you already have one of these diseases or have a close blood-relative who does, you have a higher risk (than those who don't) of getting any atopic disease. Note: an increased risk does not mean you actually will get any or all of these diseases. ...Read more

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How should I treat atopic eczema?

How should I treat atopic eczema?

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 more

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What can I do about atopic eczema?

What can I do about atopic eczema?

....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 more

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What can be done for atopic eczema?

What can be done for atopic 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 should I do about my atopic eczema?

What should I do about my atopic 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 a good medicine for atopic eczema?

What is a good medicine for atopic eczema?

Eczema : Is usually treated with good skin hygiene with hypoallergenic fragrance free soaps and moisturizers with occasional topical steroids. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat atopic eczema?

How can I effectively treat atopic eczema?

Eczema: Unfortunately most people cannot get rid of their eczema. They can control the symptoms but it takes work and often work every day. It is important to keep the area moisturized and to avoid scratching. If the eczema is from a specific allergy (most isn't) then avoidance of that allergen is the cure. With attention most people can keep their eczema under control but there is no cur. ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for atopic eczema?

What is a good medicine for atopic eczema?

Rash: cortizone (hydrocortisone) is effective however I have had success in using skin moisturizer with Shea butter give it a try may work for you to. Do not use any scented soaps ...Read more