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Itch that rashes:
In eczema, the 'hallmark' is the itch that rashes, where there is a cycle of itch-scratch that perpetuates this condition. Other skin conditions may mimic eczema, so evaluation by your doctor or dermatologist is warranted.
Atopic individuals have a personal or famiy history of asthma, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, or "sensitive" skin. ...Read more
TLC & MoIsturizer: Lots of lotion, cream or ointment without color or scent. Wash with water only, no (gentle) soap unless you see stubborn dirt, paint or poop. After bath time, pat dry and use olive oil to seal in the moisture. Use mild steroid cream like otc Hydrocortisone 1% cream or talk with your doc about something stronger. Figure out triggers like food, scented body products, detergent, fabric softener. ...Read more
Here are eczyma tips: To decrease your steroid use try a thick emollient moisturizer after you shower, don't shower too frequently and pat, not rub, dry. Try to figure out foods that irritate your skin. Use natural, "green earth friendly" laundry detergent and soaps. Tide, All, Ivory, Dove and Irish Spring are some of the worst offenders. ...Read more
Managed: It is often a chronic condition, but may go into remission if triggers can be avoided. For contact dermatitis identifying contact allergy with patch testing is important. Identificatuon of trigger foods with possible oral desentisation with oral desntization has been shown to lead to eczema free skin in about two thirds of individuals in 2 years. ...Read more
Keep skin moist: Eczema is an allergic skin disease, caused by internal allergies. It is related to asthma and hay fever, and is genetic. It can be seasonal and worsened by stress. It is important to keep the skin moist and to not scratch. You can buy over the counter Hydrocortisone cream, moisturizers like cerave or cetaphyl, and pills to stop itching, like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. If it is very bad, see your md. ...Read more
Possible eczema: I would agree with dr. Irizarry. I would add however that any eczematous problem that does not improve with appropriate treatment should have further evaluation by a dermatologist as a biopsy may be necessary. It is possible that the diagnosis may not be correct or the treatment may not be right on the mark. ...Read more
Moisturize skin: Children are often genetically predisposed to getting eczema, and it often is seen with other allergies and asthma. To treat you need to keep the skin well moisturized- use a daily moisturizing cream. Sometimes children may also need topical creams to help with the inflammation (such as hydrocortisone) or to combat a secondary bacterial infection. Anti-histamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help with itch. ...Read more
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Flare-ups of eczema are traditionally treated with topical corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation in the skin and are safe and effective medicines when used correctly.
Topical steroids come in various strengths, and the least potent product that is effective should be used to control the inflammation.
See your dermatologist for therapy. ...Read more
Chronic Inflammation: Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Seems to due to genetic defects in the proteins and lipids supporting the skin layer/barrier called the epidermis. Disruption of this barrier results in inflammation of the skin. You likely have a family history of this condition as it tends to be passed on genetically. Eczema can be mild, moderate or severe. See an allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more
Born with tendency.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma;someone with eczema has skin that's overly sensitive to dryness and irritation. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. ...Read more
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
HC cream; moisturize: To treat mild or moderate eczema, hydrocortisone 1% cream (a thin coat on the rash twice a day, for 5-10 days) is cheap, found at most stores and works well. A daily moisturizing cream (Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, etc.) used 2-4 times a day helps to heal eczema and to prevent return of the rash. One can avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances if sensitive to the ingredients. Avoid soaps. ...Read more
Good Skin Hygiene: Eczema can get better over time or it can be a lifelong condition. Take good care of your skin and eczema should be kept under control. Avoid long hot showers, avoid harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. See Allergist for more details. ...Read more
Sometimes: Eczema is in the same group of conditions as allergies and asthma, and can run in families the way they do. It can occur without a family history, though. Also, similar rashes can be caused by contact with irritants or certain metals if you're allergic to them. Use sensitive skin cleanser, avoid bathing in very hot water, and use sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily. See your doc if you need. ...Read more
The best way to improve eczema is by stopping inflammation causing grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid milk protein since it causes inflammation
Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective.
Probonix probiotic and vitD3 10k IU/day help reduce the inflammation as well. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months ...Read more
Moisturise: Eczema is a dry / itchy skin condition caused by impaired barrier function rendering the skin more sensitive. The mainstay of treatment is regular daily emollient / moisturiser to nourish the skin and improve its barrier function. Moisturise the whole body. Intermittent targeted use of corticosteroid ointment can be used for flare ups. Caution with soaps. Www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/atopic-eczema/ ...Read more
Yes, it can be.: Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching. It can occur in any age, most often it affects infants and young children. ...Read more