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Eczema For Years
Eczema treatment: Moisturizer plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. You should apply moisturizer as many time as possible to keep your skin moist. Avoiding irritant like soap, apply cortisone cream otc and giving otc antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) will help decrease the inflammation and itchiness. Thus prevent the itch-scratch cycle that aggravates the skin. See a doctor for antibiotic if it's infected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
INFECTION ...?: Both sounds infection, by virus or bacteria. If mild, there can be low grade fever, cough, poor oral intake. Make sure the child drinks enough fluid, use a humidifier in the room, keep nose clean. With these 2 diagnosis you made: the child needs to be seen by a qualified medical personnel of a doctor. ...Read more
Many approaches!: Most psoriasis can be markedly improved or remitted. Their are so many drug options, that it would be prudent to see a dermatologist for treatment. I treat psoriasis extensively, but most rheumatologists do not. I believe the drugs available to treat psoriasis should be used by specialists! ...Read more
Use cream or ointmen: Lotions are not very effective moisturizers because they evaporate quickly. Creams or ointments are more effective for that purpose. Topical steroids are the most effective treatment for the itch and inflammation. Identification of the allergic triggers can sometimes be helpful as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic hives: About 20% of patients with chronic hives that last more than 5 years. However, we don't have good statistics as to how long it will last after that time. There are many medications that we can use to treat chronic hives symptomatically. Allergist is specialized in seeing and treating these conditions. ...Read more
Yes and no: Hives are one of the most difficult skin eruptions to determine the source of. The only permanent way to "cure" hives is to treat the underlying cause. Hives are labeled as either acute (less than 6 weeks) or chronic (more than 6 weeks) . The longer hives are present the less likely it is to identify the cause which are epic in numbers. Read about Xolair and hive treatment. Just FDA approved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not.: This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke(d) or not. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Keratosis Pilaris: is often called "chicken skin" sometimes associated with environmental allergies/and or eczema. I sometimes recommend an OTC Carmol - 20. There is a prescription - stronger Carmol - 40 product. I would check with a trusted Dermatologist or experienced Primary care doc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter has epidermolysis bullosa simplex. She's two years old. Any suggestions for good care?
Avoid harsh triggers: Do your best to avoid triggers for blistering, such as long walks, poorly fitting shoes, tight clothing etc. Also using soft cushions and padding on furniture should help minimize blistering. Depending on her clinical picture, other measures and medications may be put in place by your physician. ...Read more
Need suggestions for a preservative free topical steroid for a patient with atopic dermatitis - any good suggestions for a toddler aged child?
Ointments: Most steroid ointments do not have preservatives. Note that an ointment will be more potent at the same concentration as a cream. ...Read more
Have him tested by: allergist for environmental and food allergies, so you can find out the offending agent(s), and have him avoid exposure. This will help. Also, make sure you aren't using any harsh detergents (synthetics) , or fabric softeners are used that his linen, or his pajamas, and clothes may have been exposed to, or he will continue to have contact with more irritants on his pillow at night. ...Read more
I have periodic eczema conditon and have been using elocon cream for the last 10 yrs. Is that ok?
Should be ok: It should be ok, if you used it periodically. However, have a dermatologist check out your skin as one of the side effects of prolonged topical use is thinning of the skin. ...Read more
I have been suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis, so have been using the elomet cream for more than a year, and getting immune to it, is there a cure?
My 87 year old aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She's had it for over a year. However, she doesn't want treatment, are there home remedies for this?
Not really: I would not recommend home therapies. A lot depends on her health. If the tumor is advanced, surgery may be needed to prevent chest involvement or skin ulceration. If the tumor is small and not aggressive it may be possible that an agent like tamoxifen (estrogen receptor blocker) may give some local control without surgery. Consultation with a compassionate breast cancer specialist is in order. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son is 3.5 years old and has atopic exzema since last 1 year .. How long would he continue to have the same?
Can not say but: Many children will outgrow eczema or get better as they get old older but when that vwill happen in your three and a halh son can not be predicted.It depends on many factors like associated allergies to milk and other foods, severity of eczema and family history and avoidance of triggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzoyl peroxide: A good product with benzoyl peroxide is what you want to start with. Use soft, non irritating soaps like neutrogena, and keep hair and other items off your face if possible. Do not use astringents and alcohol cleaners like seabreeze. They actually cause more acne. Your doc can prescribe a lot of medicinal creams that can help in different ways. ...Read more
Herpes infection: Clinical symptoms of herpes eruption range from no eruptions at all even though the person has an infection to eruptions coming very closely together like 1-2 times a month for a person with a fully functional immune system. Stress, being ill, sun exposure and other stimuli can increase frequency of eruptions. People whose immune systems are weakened get frequent or continuous eruptions. ...Read more