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Eczema Skin Disease
Various: My treatment of eczema is three-fold. 1. Moisturization is most important with a thick ointment or cream-based moisturizer. 2. Prescription medications are often needed to treat the inflammation 3. Sometimes, anti-itch medications are needed to prevent scratching and worsening of the eczema. ...Read more
How to treat dark scar leftovers of eczema or any other skin disease? Pls suggest products to lighten the dark scars on the skin.
Numerous options: First avoid any sun exposure with sun block and minimize inflammation or irritation which can produce post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Peels and/or bleaching cream containing hydroquinone, retin-a, and triamcinolone are commonly used. If due to increased vasculature, lasers may be useful as well. Silicone gel sheeting and pressure as well as injected steroids may also be lighten/flatten scars. ...Read more
Eczema Mimics: There are several skin conditions that appear similarly to eczema. Psoriasis is most often confused with eczema because they share a defining characteristic, inflammation of the skin. Eczema usually begins during childhood whereas Psoriasis typically starts in adulthood. See a Dermatologist or Allergist to determine if you are suffering from eczema or unrelated skin condition. ...Read more
Food elim diet: A food elimination diet removes the top 10 food allergens from your diet. Since the skin is a direct reflection of the gut and immune system, being on this diet calms the immune system reaction and decreases the symptoms. Topically, i recommend eucerin cream. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Find triggers: With eczema, try to find the things that make your symptoms worse. Also keep well hydrated, keep the skin hydrated from within. Avoid lotions and soaps that are scented and extreme temperatures? As far as lotions try a variety, see what your skin likes. Start with things like aqua phor, eucerin, vane cream, nivea. Don't forget a light soap, dove un scented, glycerin or castile soap. ...Read more
What happens if two people that have eczema (skin condition) will their offspring have it as well?
Chronic Inflammation: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that seems to be due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. A family history of this condition definitely puts offspring at risk for eczema as this condition tends to be passed on genetically. ...Read more
Moisturizers: The key to improve eczema is to keep the skin moisturized. You need to apply it twice a day, once after showering and you need to keep your showers short and don't use very hot water. Choose a fragrance free moistuizer such as cerave, you can also use vegetable shortening for night time. ...Read more
Eczema/skin moisture: Correct in eczema--also known as atopic dermatitis--the skin barrier function is impaired, resulting in increased transepidermal water loss as well as increased risk of exogenous allergen exposure. Hence the associated rash, pruritus, and frequently xerotic skin observed in this condition, along with potential other co-morbidities (asthma, allergic rhinitis, and nasal polyps in some patients). ...Read more
Does anyone use protopic ointment for eczema and other skin conditions? I heard there were some dangers.
Don't worry.: There is no credible evidence that Protopic ointment causes skin cancer in humans. There is a warning label in the package insert, but it is based on data from mice who were *fed* huge quantities of the active ingredient. So if you are a mouse who loves to eat protopic, you might have a problem; if you are a human who is applying it to your skin in reasonable amounts, don't worry about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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