Category Archives: eczema / dermatitis

Childhood eczema predicts adult asthma…






Children with eczema are at increased risk for developing allergic asthma as adults, particularly if they also suffer from hayfever, a study has found. The results show that children with both eczema and hayfever are nine times more likely to … Continue reading

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Does Elidel (a form of non-steroidal cream) for eczema cause cancer in children ?






A lot of parents of children with eczema (atopic dermatitis) have steroid-phobia (so are some Chemists and Doctors, dare I say)  and would avoid using topical steroid at any cost (including their children’s un-necessary suffering). Elide creaml is marketed as an … Continue reading

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The role of “golden stap” in eczema…






Golden Stap (Staphylococcus aureus) secretes a factor that causes mast cell (the so-called allergy cell) degranulation and activation of (Th2-type) allergic inflammation in the skin of atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is caused by abnormal immunoglobulin-E–mediated Th2 immune responses (a type of … Continue reading

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How safe are topical steroids during pregnancy ?






An estimated 6% of pregnant women receive prescription topical corticosteroids (TCS), which are pregnancy risk category C. Animal studies show teratogenic effects, but data are limited and conflicting regarding use in pregnant women. Investigators performed a retrospective cohort study using … Continue reading

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Having a dog reduces risk for childhood eczema (atopic dermatitis)…






A meta-analysis indicates that early exposure to dogs, but not cats, decreases risk for childhood atopic dermatitis by 25%. The hygiene hypothesis was proposed in 1989 as a possible explanation for the rapidly increasing prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) and … Continue reading

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Wet dressing : cheap, effective, “natural”…






Wet wrap (aka wet dressing) is an underused and intensive topical treatment which is highly effective for severe atopic dermatitis (eczema). It could easily be done at home simply with cotton bandage or just an old towel ! Wet dressings … Continue reading

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Smoking increases risk for adult-onset atopic dermatitis (eczema)…






People who have ever smoked or who currently smoke are at increased risk for developing adult-onset atopic dermatitis (AD) (aka. eczema), say researchers. Furthermore, non-smokers with AD are significantly more likely to have been exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) … Continue reading

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Medication allergies are wrongly blamed for rashes in about 25% of the time…






MedWire reports, “Drug (as in medication) allergies are wrongly blamed for causing skin rashes in around one-quarter of cases,” according to a study published in the January issue of the British Journal of Dermatology. After evaluating “612 patients with suspected cutaneous drug … Continue reading

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Intensive topical therapy effective for controlling severe eczema in children…






MedWire (October 8th, Albert) reported, “A combination of wet dressings and topical corticosteroids is highly effective for improving the symptoms of children admitted to hospital with severe atopic dermatitis (AD),” according to a study published online Oct. 5 in the … Continue reading

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Hand eczema (dermatitis)






Hand eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder, clinically characterized by redness, dry / cracked skin, swelling, and blisters. It may at times be complicated by bacterial infections, chiefly with Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to the hands, the wrists and the forearms … Continue reading

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