Atopic dermatitis also known as eczema is a very common skin disorder in children. The incidence ofatopic dermatitis has increased recently. I have personally experienced the bad impact and stress in thefamily, as my children and four of my grandchildren suffered from severe eczema.
How does atopic dermatitis present itself?
Atopic dermatitis (eczema) shows up differently in depending on the age of onset. In infancy in the firstfew months of life, dry patches on the cheeks are one common manifestation.
What causes atopic dermatitis?
Atopic eczema is due to many factors, including familial genetic factors, allergies, deficiency of certaincomponents of skin, and defective mechanisms to protect the skin.
What are the remedies for atopic dermatitis?
The remedies are based on use of moisturizers, anti-itch lotions, anti-inflammatory lotions, barriercreams, probiotics, body washes, steroid creams, and antibiotic creams. The following is the list ofremedies often prescribed to patients with atopic eczema.
The most important measure to keep eczema under control is the use of Moisturizers
A defect in skin-barrier function is the main factor leading to development of changes in eczema. The key factor to keep in mind is to take all measures to increase the efficiency of skin barrier funciton; that is achieved by regular use of techniques of hydration of skin. Keeping the skin hydrated highly essential to reduce flare-ups: the following are some we suggest at Manuel Medical Clinic.
Aveeno Eczemacare Moisturizing Cream.
Cera-Ve Moisturizing Cream
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
Olay Sheabuttor Body Wash (liquid wash)
Sarna anti-itch lotion
For bad cases
Unnas Boot (gauze)
Culturelle : Patients with eczema use many antibiotics
Taken once daily by mouth, probiotics may be helpful.
Olay Body Wash
Acid Mantle Cream
Dilute bleach bath with 1/8th cup of bleach added to full bath tub once a week helps to keep the bacterial load down and help control flare-up of eczema.
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