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How Can I Avoid Eczema
It's genetic: Most eczema is due to genetically inherited skin defects. This results in chronic dry skin often with rash and itching. Flare ups can be reduced by gentle skin care, using fragrance and dye free skin care products, and applying a high quality moisturizer after bathing.See 2 more doctor answers
A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
Multiple: Children who have undergone controlled food challenges, milk, soy, wheat, peanut and fish account for 90% of food allergens that cause atopic dermatitis (or eczema) flares. This does not mean that you are allergic to all of the above categories, but that these are the most common culprits. Rotating elimination diet monthly is probably more practical.See 1 more doctor answer
Limit exposures.: Instead of focusing on what cannot be used. change the idea into items than CAN be used. Soaps for skin: IVORY, DOVE. Laundry Detergents: Dreft. Use these for the items the child comes in contact with; and always remember that they come into cntact with bedclothes, and your clothes as well.See 1 more doctor answer
See a dermatologist: Eczema is not related to food. Genetics & dry skin are usual factors. Soaps can be important because caustic soaps such as ivory will aggravate it. Dove, eucerin, neutragena, cerave are good. Soak in bath, then use moisturizer. Probably will need prescription ointment; meanwhile try otc hydrocortisone.See 1 more doctor answer
Big answer: Obviously you should avoid things that trigger eczema flare-ups, if you are aware of them. Keeping the skin from drying out is always helpful. In this short space it is not easy to more totally answer your question. You should see a dermatologist to best recommend what might work well for you.
Can you tell me what is in soap that i need to avoid using on my child who suffers from mild eczema?
Avoid allergens: Keeping your skin moist with bland lotions or ointments is essential. Common avoidable topical allergens include fragrances (organic or not), cocamidopropyl betaine (often in wipes and hand sanitizers), kathon, propylene glycol, and disperse blue. Petrolatum jelly is probably the least allergenic and most effective moisturizer for hand eczema.See 1 more doctor answer
Any specific products ingredients to avoid for lip eczema? I know SLS is to be avoided, other than that, anymore?
Mouth preparations: Try stopping using toothpaste , mouth-wash, and lip stick for a week and see if the problem resolves. Use baking soda to brush teeth. If this helps, you may resume adding one item back at 1-week interval to see which product may be causing your problem. Although it is possible to be allergic to steroid cream, the incidence is rare. Consider trying a HC ointment in the meanwhilSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you advise if I'm paranoid! I read on the internet that herpes and eczema can for into eczema herpeticum. I'm freaking out! how can I avoid this?
If you really feel: paranoid please get it treated by a mental health professional. As to your physical health concerns, please see your doc for periodic check ups and try to listen to what he/she tells you. Limit your internet health searches. Peace and good health.
I have anal fissure brought about by dry skin/eczema condition. Currently treating with rectogesic and sudocrem. Anything else i can do specifically for the dry skin condition to avoid recurrence?
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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