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Debunking Myths: Drinking more water doesn't improve eczema
Every so often different theories on improving or even curing your eczema crop up and one that I want to talk about today is whether drinking lots of water can help improve your eczema.
Unfortunately the answer is no.
If you have sensitive eczema prone skin you already know that you need to be extra careful with which soaps and mositurising creams that you use on your skin, but what about lip balms?
Like most other products you use on your body, you need to take care that your lip balm doesnt contain dyes and fragrances that could cause irritation. Continue reading
As you probably know, during pregnancy your hormones go a bit haywire and some women develop different symptoms or conditions that they otherwise normally wouldnt have, so what happens if you develop eczema during pregnancy will you have it forever after, or will it go away after the baby is born?
The good news is that in most cases it isnt true eczema, but rather just really dry itchy skin. It often develops around the 2nd trimester and can continue up until a few months after the baby has been born.
If you have Seborrheic Eczema then youve probably tried many different types of treatments, and while some of them may have worked short term nothing that youve used has really helped get rid of it completely.
Well the bad news is that not a lot will work effectively and many sufferers have mixed results from both prescribed and store bought remedies. But you probably already knew that having tried numerous creams, treatments and so called solutions over the years.
Thats why people find that even professional dermatologists cant always help since what works for one patient might not work for the next one making prescribing something quite hit and miss. Continue reading
If your baby has a red rash or red marks on her face, then you might be thinking that it is eczema and how you can treat it. Eczema which is also called atopic dermatitis can show up on your babys face, particular on the cheeks, forehead or scalp, but can also appear on other parts of the body.
It is intensely itchy and often looks flaky and scaly. It can also sometimes ooze and blister which you will need to treat very gently and carefully so that it doesnt get infected.
So how can you treat it?
Most recently, a study that was published in Pediatrics in May 2009 found that placing cup bleach into a full bath was five times more effective at treating eczema than plain water. Make sure that the bleach is well mixed into the water first so that it is diluted and wont harm rather than help your babys skin.
It is thought to work as the bleach acts both as an antibiotic clearing up any bacteria on the skin, and also helps condition and help damaged cells.
Does breastfeeding help?
It has long been thought that breastfeeding might help lower the incidence of eczema and other hereditary allergies by building your childs immune system but this is actually not the cause.
A recent study published in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology journal on June 21, 2010 reported that of over 20,000 families that took part in the ongoing study those that were breastfed actually INCREASED their chances of getting eczema by the age of 18 months by 12%.
The study also focused on whether the introduction of solid foods helped or hindered whether the child would get eczema, and it was shown that there was no evidence on whether the child would get eczema if you delayed solids or not.
So while it was previously thought that exclusively breastfeeding and delaying solids before 6 months might help reduce atopic dermatitis, it has actually shown to be the opposite.
Baby Eczema Symptoms
Skin conditions affect babies just as much as adults, and if your child is showing a rash on their body you might be wondering what it is and whether it is eczema or psoriasis. Psoriasis is actually not that common in babies as it more appears in the teen to young adult stages of life but it is still possible that your baby might have it.
The two most common types of psoriasis in children is plaque psoriasis which looks like a raised red sore that has a flaky silver white centre and shows up usually in folds of skin like elbows and knees (although can be also found on the scalp), or guttate psoriasis that is much smaller and usually appears on arms and legs.
Is it Psoriasis or Eczema?
Many people often misdiagnose their babys rash thinking that it may be psoriasis when in actuality its eczema, cradle cap, ringworm or diaper rash so its important to get your doctor or paediatrician to diagnose the symptoms correctly.
Psoriasis often looks worse than eczema as it is rougher and scalier. It is often much redder as well, while eczema is usually more pink.
Both can be incredibly itchy and if scratched can crack and bleed.
Why Do People Get It?
While there isnt any clinical evidence to suggest why one child would get it and another wouldnt, it is though that most symptoms first appear after some sort of trauma to the skin such as a scratch, cut or insect bite.
Unlike eczema, psoriasis isnt thought to be hereditary.
If it is psoriasis, your doctor will usually prescribe a steroid cream to help clear it up and also possibly an oral antibiotic to clear up any bacterial infection present.
There are also things that you can do at home to help your child. Adding oils to the bathwater can be a good way to moisturise the skin, as well as using a gentle and fragrance free body moisturiser. The ones marketed to eczema in babies are good options to use.
Eczema Symptoms in Babies
Eczema is a horrible condition for anyone who suffers it, but its even more heartbreaking when it appears on your face since it is such a prominent place. So if you or someone that is close to you suffers from eczema on their face Ill go over some of the ways that you can get rid of it.
Now Im going to assume that youve already been to skin specialists and dermatologists for treatment options but they havent worked. And by the way if you havent seen a skin doctor yet, then I suggest that as a first step.
As you already know, eczema is a type of dermatitis. And since any dermatitis that affects the scalp and face is called seborrhea and looks like crusty blisters that can be weepy or dry we can deal with the condition much easier knowing what we are dealing with.
The first step is take a good vitamin supplement to nourish your skin from within. Most eczema sufferers are often deficient in Vitamin B so you should start there with a Vitamin B complex. This will aid in the healing of all cells and it has all the essential vitamins that you need for healthy skin.
However most Vitamin B supplements often dont include enough of two particular B Vitamins that are needed for healthy skin and they are B6 and B12. Taking extra Vitamin B6 can really help clear up eczema and other skin conditions since since a def
iciency in this vitamin has been linked to skin disorders and allergies. Vitamin B12 is also important as it aids in cell formation and regeneration which you want when you are dealing with rashes and other skin problems.
Another great supplement that helps with eczema on your face (or anywhere on the body really) is Biotin since there has been strong links with a deficiency in Biotin and dermatitis. Biotin is actually Vitamin B7 although it is very rarely called that.
In addition to healing your eczema from the inside, you can also make your own creams and lotions for the outside with natural products as well. If you want to make a good healing cream for your face then making a paste of honey, vitamin E oil and goldenseal root powder has been known to holistically clear up eczema and relieve any itching.
All of these supplements and ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or health food store and are natural and inexpensive. They can help get rid of eczema on your face.
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Try some lemon. Just cut the lemon in half and put that baby right on your eczema. You should see some changes. Expect a burning sensation. It only burns when you scratch it. It burns because the lemon is removing the inflammation trapped under your skin. The burning mostly occurs when you have broken skin on the eczema.
I have a lot of dots on my back and my neck, how do I cure it faster?
Coconut oil works well. Don't use any creams with harsh chemicals. If you're gluten intolerant, be sure to avoid wheat products.
I have eczema on my stomach and under my arms. It is black in color and itchy. What should I do?
See your doctor, the black color is cause for concern. In the meantime, you can bathe in an oatmeal bath to ease the itching.
What can I do about a severe case of eczema?
Try talking to your doctor/ dermatologist and see if they can prescribe a good cream. Some good DIY treatments are chamomile, aloe vera, coconut oil, and honey.
How do I get rid of dryness on my feet?
Moisturize with helpful soothing creams, such as Aveeno or Doublebase. Do this on a regular basis after showering and throughout the day.
Do you have any other tips if none of these methods worked?
Eczema and skin issues are, actually, surprisingly caused sometimes by anger. If you seem to get angry a lot, read wikiHow articles about how to control your anger and see if it gets any better. You can also use hand moisturizers, which work like a charm. Your best option is probably Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Hand Cream, which absorbs in seconds and lasts through hand washing. Even if your eczema isn't on your hands, it'll still work great. Lather it on before bed, go to sleep, wake up, and see the amazing results. Don't feel bad to splurge a little on the eczema cream - it really does work and your skin will be as smooth as a baby's bottom after a few nights!
My son has eczema on his palm and fingers. Should I soak his hand in salt water, and if so, for how long?
Eczema on his hands may be due to something he is coming in contact with. Try changing hand soaps. You can soak his hand in salt water for 10-15 minutes at a time. Check with your doctor and also check reliable sources such as Mayo Clinic and WebMD.
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Red and itchy rash with tiny blisters, appearing on the hands and feet. What could it be? From the title you can see the range of responses different health professionals will have for the same problem. Some of these conditions are easy to tell apart, while others are not. Below I would like to share a bit of information that will hopefully shed light on this often complicated issue.
I recently saw a patient with the same symptoms I mentioned above. Over the summer she developed a rash on both her feet and hands that was red, itchy and full of tiny blisters. Upon seeing two different general physicians, she still didnt have a proper diagnosis. One told her it may be fungal, while the other said it is probably eczema. One recommended a steroid cream, the other said that she had better not use a steroid for risk of worsening a fungal problem. To make matters even more complicated, a local natural health practitioner told her that it is probably shingles!
So what did this woman really have? How could we figure it out?
Well lets chat about the history a bit here. In her youth she had suffered with atopic eczema, hay fever and hives when touching horses. So right off the bat we know we are dealing with someone with an allergic constitution, who has a predisposition to eczema. When she described her current outbreak on her hands and feet, it was actually quite similar to what she had as a child red and itchy rash with tiny blisters, particularly between her fingers and on the palms and souls of her hands and feet. This to me sounded a lot like eczema, particularlypompholox eczema.
Pompholox eczema is usually on both hands, or feet, not just one side.
Chinese medicine has identified this type of eczema for a long time, with one of the names for it being Ant nest. An old text book called theCollection of Treatments for Soresstates that this disorder,
Mostly erupts on the hands and feet, its appearance is like the nest of an ant, just like the pricks of a needle, the itching is extreme and upon rupturing there is watery exudation.
Below is an image clearly depicting Ant nest, or pompholox eczema.
Now this type of eczema can certainly look fungal as well, being similar toathletes foot or Tinea pedisin appearance. The difference though would be that the fungal problem is usually only one sided, or at least initially, and would not usually involve both hands and feet at the same time. It is possible to have both a fungal infection and a pompholox eczema at the same time, and in this situation the two of them can be hard to tell apart. A skin scraping can then be taken and analyzed under a microscope so as to look for actual fungal spores, which will then clarify the issue for sure.
Below is a type a fungal rash with small blisters, but is only on one foot, not the other. And not on the hands.
As for the recommendation of shingles, I thought this to be pretty far fetched, as this relative of the herpes virus usually only manifests on one side of the body along a particular nerve root. It usually only affects one part of the body as well, like the trunk, head, or wrist, again following a particular nerve root. So for the wrist, the virus may go up the radial nerve, thus appearing on the same side as the thumb, index and middle finger and be absent on the other side.
Shingles usually only comes about once in life and then never returns. So besides the fact that this womans rash was totally non-specific to one particular nerve root, being on both her hands and feet, it had been coming and going for months already. It was very clear that her condition could not be shingles, a fact that made her very happy.
Now because this woman had a long history of eczema and allergies, I assumed that her problem was actually due to eczema. She was just having a re-flare up of an old problem and everyone was acting stumped. A little investigation combined with some understanding of the way that different disorders manifest went a long way in deciphering a not so complicated issue.
Wishing you health,
Dr. Trevor Erikson
Reference The Chinese quote for ant nest was translated By Mazin Al Khafaji and appears in his course notes on the Chinese medicine treatment of pompholox eczema.
The exact causes of eczema are unknown. You might have inherited a tendency for eczema. You may have a family member who has eczema or who has hay fever (allergic rhinitis) or asthma. Many doctors think eczema causes are linked to allergic disease, such as hay fever or asthma. Doctors call this the atopic triad. Many children with eczema (up to 80%) will develop hay fever and/or asthma.
There are many triggers of eczema that can make it flare or get worse. Below are some of the common triggers. You should learn what triggers your eczema to flare, and then try to avoid it.
Irritants can make your symptoms worse. What irritates you may be different from what irritates someone else with the condition, but could include:
If your genes make you more likely to develop atopic eczema, the condition will develop after you are exposed to certain environmental factors, such as allergens.
Allergens are substances that can cause the body to react abnormally. This is known as an allergic reaction. Some of the most common allergens that can be causes of eczema include:
Some types of microbe can be triggers of eczema:
Atopic eczema can sometimes be caused by food allergens, especially before the age of one.Some studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.Food allergies associated with eczema causes are typically:
Stress is known to be associated with eczema but it is not fully understood how it affects the condition. Some people with eczema have worse symptoms when they are stressed. For others their eczema symptoms cause them to feel stressed.
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Hormones are chemicals produced by the body. They can cause a wide variety of effects. When the levels of certain hormones in the body increase or decrease some women can experience flare ups of their eczema.
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Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.
No matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does, the rash most commonly appears on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet. It may also affect other areas as well.
Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker.
In infants, the itchy rash can produce an oozing, crusting condition that happens mainly on the face and scalp, but patches may appear anywhere.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema.
In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. Also, defects in the skin barrier could allow moisture out and germs in.
Some people may have "flare-ups" of the itchy rash in response to certain substances or conditions. For some, coming into contact with rough or coarse materials may cause the skin to become itchy. For others, feeling too hot or too cold, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, or coming into contact with animal dander may cause an outbreak. Upper respiratory infections or colds may also be triggers. Stress may cause the condition to worsen.
Although there is no cure, most people can effectively manage their disease with medical treatment and by avoiding irritants. The condition is not contagious and can't be spread from person to person.
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