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ECZEMA and ATOPIC DERMATITS: a common type of skin allergy.
Atopic dermatitis is a very common skin disease that can produce tremendous physical discomfort and psychological distress. It is a dry itchy skin rash that tends to be worse in the winter and more dry months. The condition affects approximately 3 percent of the U.S. population and is also seen worldwide. Atopic dermatitis is frequently seen in individuals with a personal or family history of related history of related disorders, including allergies (hay fever) and asthma. About 20 percent of patients with atopic dermatitis don’t have any other associated allergic history. Skin lesions may begin at any age, although mainly from infancy to young adulthood. Most patients recover from the disease in early childhood or by their mid-20s. However, some patients’ disease may persist throughout life.
• Bathe with lukewarm water
• Lubricate skin frequently with moisturizers like Aquaphor
• Avoid excess stress
• Keep fingernails short and clean
• Wear light, smooth, nonbinding cotton clothingDon’t:
• Wear rough, scratchy clothes or woolens
• Bathe too often with hot water and soap
• Use harsh skin cleansing products or soaps
• Rapidly change temperatures
• Use fragrances lotions or body washes
Crisco vegetable shortening
Topical cortisone creams like hydrocortisone cream over the counter ( Cortizone 10, Cortaid, etc.)
Prescription strength cortisone creams like clobetasol cream
Evening time antihistamines like Benadryl or Atarax pills each night
Morning antihistamines like Claritin pills every morning
Dilute clorox baths 1-2x/week ( 1/4 cup clorox in 1 bath tub of water)- similar to swimming pool water
The term “eczema” generally includes many different types of skin allergies and rashes. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis (AD). AD affects more than 15 million Americans of all ages. People describe eczema as the “itch that rashes”. We can see itchy dry patches of red skin, which sometimes get scaly and crusty.
Eczema may be caused by either overactive or underactive parts of the body’s immune system. Most eczema patients actually have a hyperactive reaction to minor skin irritants and dryness. In fact, many people who have eczema also suffer from allergies or hay fever, asthma, seasonal allergies, and often have family members with similar symptoms.
Medical UVB is a special light therapy available for very bad eczema. An advanced light form called narrow band UVB 311nm is the newest state-of-the-art UVB light treatment. This is called Narrow Band UVB light or NBUVB. Studies have confirmed that that NBUVB phototherapy is a very good treatment option for eczema and atopic dermatitis. Getting natural sunlight is not the same as using medical grade special narrow band UVB.
Another therapy option includes UVA light or PUVA. PUVA requires a pill plus light wheras UVB does not require a pill. Your dermatologist can help find the best treatment fit for your skin care needs. Keep in mind that phototherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for eczema that has helped people just like you.
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