Category Archives: allergy

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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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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Hives after cold exposure (cold urticaria)…






From Dermatology Daily of the American Academy of Dermatology: Bloomberg News (Jan 12, Cortez) reports, “A single gene mutation causes some immune system cells to shut down at body temperature and sends others into overdrive in the cold, creating a mix … Continue reading

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