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Which children with pollen allergies and eczema should be checked for gluten allergy, if they don't have stomach symptoms and are growing normally?

Which children with pollen allergies and eczema should be checked for gluten allergy, if they don't have stomach symptoms and are growing normally?

None: There is no indication for testing if no problem. Celiac is an autoimmune disease. It is not an allergy...That is a misconception. Gluten allergy is a type of food allergy, but it is found in the wheat family. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of eczema?

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Itchy rash: So much of the diagnosis depends on the location, duration and "itchiness" of the rash. Eczema is universally itchy and it has a predilection for certain areas of the body--arms, legs, neck and eyelids (there are many exceptions to this rule). It also has a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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How to erase the symptoms of eczema?

How to erase the symptoms of eczema?

ECZEMA: Eczematoid lesions are treated with steroid cream and moisturizing the skin to eliminate itching and dryness. ...Read more

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How can I minimise symptoms of eczema?

How can I minimise symptoms of eczema?

Moisturize: The primary treatment for eczema is to moisturize the skin. You can't moisturize too much. We often recommend cetaphil or eucerine but any good moisturizer is okay. You can also decrease bathing as this adds to decreasing the moisture of your skin so when you bathe use a cap of baby oil in the water and lotion up after. Use your steroid creams as directed. ...Read more

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Eczema in children - what is the best cure?

Eczema in children - what is the best cure?

No cure.: Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a complex condition mainly due to an inborn defect in the skin's ability to retain water. It requires daily attention for successful control. Good resources for care are : http://nationaleczema.Org and http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/eczema.Html. The first even has brand name recommendations for skin care products and both have links to other useful sites. ...Read more

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What can be used to treat eczema in children?

What can be used to treat eczema in children?

May need prescriptio: NOT ALLERGY. NOT DUE TO FOOD OR FORMULA. NO ANTIHISTAMINE WILL HELP. Soak in bath for a long time, then, after a quick towel, rub in a ceramide cream. Eucerin, Aveeno, (oatmeal) CeraVe, gererics, others. Check label for CERAMIDES. Hydrocortisone may help but a prescription cortisone is often needed. For the face a prescription calcineurin inhibitor ointment is preferred. Sun will help. ...Read more

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Are children with eczema likely to be clingy?

Are children with eczema likely to be clingy?

Clingy or itchy??: If a child has severe eczema they suffer from itchy skin which can make them clingy. Severe itching makes the child very irritable and may need treatment with something like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before bed. The itchy skin can also interfere with sleep and contribute to irritability. A good moisturizer can help plus wet to dry soaks before bed. Your doctor can recommend appropriate medicated creams. ...Read more

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Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Why is eczema mainly found in young children?

Good question: It is felt that this is a genetic condition realated to the early exposure of antigens in this population. As time passes and the body becomes more tolerant to the environment it tends to be mitigated in nearly 3/4 of involved patients. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the symptoms of eczema?

What can I do to reduce the symptoms of eczema?

Moisturize; HC cream: For mild to moderate eczema, Hydrocortisone 1% cream (use a thin coat on the rash, twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, available at most stores, and works well. A daily moisturizing cream used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema & to prevent return of the rash. Examples: cetaphil, cerave, eucerin. Some people avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances due to sensitivity to the ingredients. ...Read more

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What works best to relieve the symptoms of eczema?

Treat & Prevent: With all respect to the first responder, ultra-potent topical steroids are unnecessary in all but the most recalcitrant cases, in my experience. My basic approach to eczema treatment is to find the cause, which is usually there if you look for it. If eliminating the cause is impossible, medium-strength topical steroids and other treatments achieve control in most cases. ...Read more

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