Monday, May 20, 2013

Useful Tips for Adults and Children Coping with Atopic Dermatitis AKA Eczema

Most people have heard about atopic dermatitis or eczema, but do you know what it is? Today we are going to share a brief overview of this skin condition, outline whom it affects and  we’ll share some tips on how to minimize symptoms when eczema flares up!

Atopic Dermatitis also commonly known as eczema is a symptomatic skin condition that affects both children and adults. Eczema causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked, and it commonly occurs in areas of the skin that have folds. For example, eczema is known to pop in areas such as behind the knees, inside the elbows, on the side of the neck and around the eyes and ears. But, it can occur in other areas as well!

Eczema is more prevalent in people who already have allergies or asthma or have family with a history of allergies, asthma, or eczema. Eczema tends to improve in many children as they get older, with many cases clearing up by the time they become teenagers. However, for those people who do have eczema that persists into adulthood, it can be very uncomfortable.

Dr. Julie Kuriakose is one of our Allergists at Hudson Allergy and she specializes in helping adults and children manage eczema. Here is some useful advice on how to help your eczema minimize symptoms and discomfort that comes with having eczema:

  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! - At least twice a day with a hypoallergenic lotion and also after showers and washing hands. Vaseline also works well if applied to dry skin patches throughout the day.
  • No Hot Showers - Keep the temperature of showers and baths lukewarm if possible and for no longer than five minutes.
  • Change up the soap - Use hypoallergenic body and face wash products that are not soap based.
  • Keep Your Sheets Neat – Wash your bedding weekly with hot water (130F) to avoid skin and dust buildup, which can exacerbate other allergies. Use hypoallergenic detergents in the wash and avoid the use of dryer sheets and fabric softeners as they can stimulate episodes.
  • Good Nail Hygiene - keeping nails cut short and filed helps avoid skin scratching, which could break the skin open and introduce bacteria in some cases.

If you would like more advice on coping with eczema or other allergies you may have, please contact us to schedule a same-day appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment.