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What is skin asthma?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
9 doctors agree

In brief: A misnomer

It's a form of skin allergy called eczema, also called atopic dermatitis.
It manifests as red scaly patches anywhere in the body. Treatment includes heavy moisturization and avoidance of allergens if possible. Several oral medications are also available.

In brief: A misnomer

It's a form of skin allergy called eczema, also called atopic dermatitis.
It manifests as red scaly patches anywhere in the body. Treatment includes heavy moisturization and avoidance of allergens if possible. Several oral medications are also available.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Eczema

Some physicians in israel (& perhaps elsewhere) refer to eczema during infancy as "skin asthma".
The reason? A large percentage of children developing eczema before their first birthday will also develop asthma by the 4th birthday. Referring to eczema as skin asthma draws attention to this phenomenon and possibly helps prepare the family for the next phase.

In brief: Eczema

Some physicians in israel (& perhaps elsewhere) refer to eczema during infancy as "skin asthma".
The reason? A large percentage of children developing eczema before their first birthday will also develop asthma by the 4th birthday. Referring to eczema as skin asthma draws attention to this phenomenon and possibly helps prepare the family for the next phase.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. James Glauber
This is sometimes called the "allergic march".
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