By Dr. Amy Duong (see bio below)
In the past couple months, I’ve had many breastfeeding moms reach out to me for guidance when it comes to breast milk and baby eczema. Some moms have eczema themselves and others have babies that have eczema. Every case is different since the paths and factors that lead to acute and chronic eczema can be varied, including hereditary predisposition, drug therapy (steroids, antibiotics), a weakened immune system after childbirth, and of course the infamous food allergies!
Topical Steroid Withdrawal exists, but thankfully it isn’t as widespread as you may think. Read on to learn more.
By Neil R. Lim, BA and Peter A. Lio MD (see bio below)
Topical corticosteroids (TCS) were hailed as a modern medical miracle when they made their debut over 60 years ago. For the first time, many inflammatory diseases that caused a tremendous amount of suffering could be quieted. While certainly not a silver bullet and clearly not without side effects, TCS represent the mainstay of treatment for eczema and are universally recognized as a safe and effective therapy when used properly (Hajar). Nevertheless, a rapidly-growing fear among patients and parents of patients afflicted with atopic dermatitis is that of topical steroid “addiction” and subsequent symptoms of topical steroid “withdrawal” after stopping the medication also called Red Skin Syndrome in some circles. Steroid phobia is not a new phenomenon, however: a study in 1999 found that 72.5% of people expressed worry about using topical corticosteroids on their own or their child’s skin, with 24% admitting to not using their treatment as prescribed due to their concerns (Charman). Unfortunately, these numbers appear to be growing over time, at least in part due to the spread of information—and sometimes misinformation—facilitated by social media. Read more
By Hannah Do (see bio below)
Itching is only half of the battle you have to go through if you have eczema. Because once the itch and scratching subside, you’ll have to deal with the terrible and embarrassing scars. While some scars fade away in time, some of them actually never go away.
If you’ve been chronically suffering from this skin issue, or you just want to prevent it from happening to you, then here are 13 home remedies for eczema scars you can try. Read more
You invest in a new treatment, hoping the itch and suffering will go away. The redness and itch disappear for a few days, you finally get your piece of mind, but alas it rears its ugly head once again.
By Fatima Lakhani, BS and Peter A. Lio, MD (see bio below)
Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is often thought of as a skin problem mainly affecting infants and young children, most of whom will outgrow the condition [Abuabara]. However, relatively few studies have been conducted to validate these beliefs, and the concept of “outgrowing eczema” remains somewhat mysterious. The relative similarity between childhood and adult eczema prevalence rates suggests that the condition may be more common in adults than generally thought. There are several possible explanations for this, including that many children do not outgrow their eczema or that childhood eczema is replaced by adult eczema, which may actually be different. Additionally, the proportion of children who outgrow eczema may be falsely elevated due to lack of follow-up during later years in life—perhaps some just grow weary of doctor appointments [Abuabara]! Read more
By Laura Dolgy
I’ll never forget the days I used to watch my dad pick away at his arms incessantly in our home bathroom. I was always so fascinated as to what he was doing. It wouldn’t be until a few years later when I started seeing those same pinkish/white dots on my arms that I would figure it out
By Dr. Hotze (see bio below)
You may be familiar with eczema flare-ups in the winter, as the combination of dry air and extreme temperature changes (cold outside, hot inside) can exacerbate your skin’s condition. However, have you ever considered the correlation between your eczema and allergies?
As a doctor who’s treated many people with eczema, I’ve noticed that springtime allergens like grass and tree pollens can make symptoms worse. By treating the body’s reaction to seasonal allergies, the eczema flare-ups often diminish or disappear. Read more
By Andrea Thomas (see bio below)
What started off as a tiny red patch of skin on my newborn daughter, turned into a journey of eczema, skin allergies and craziness. It also inspired me to invent the ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten, a solution that would forever change our family’s experience with eczema.
My daughter was only 2 months when eczema began to rear its face. I, like many moms, went to the doctor to figure out what was wrong. I was told it was just “baby skin”; to give it time for the dry, redness to clear up. Well, it didn’t. Matter of fact, it spread to all of her joints, face and scalp. These are memories I wish I could go back and change; the days of having a screaming and crying child all day and all night that rarely slept and constantly scratched. This was our life for months.
By Melissa Hawira (bio below)
What I want to share with you today is my story of eczema and topical steroid addiction how I overcame both conditions and my now burning desire to help people conquer eczema themselves through my website Top Eczema Treatments that discusses natural eczema treatments.
By Dr. Steven Q. Wang (bio below)
As a dermatologist and researcher at a world renowned cancer center, I have had many opportunities in the last 10 years to care for sick patients with severe skin diseases and work with scientists and physicians around the world on research to improve skin health.
Three years ago, I started another gratifying and exciting research project. This time, it was with my father, who is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist in New York City with over 40 years of clinical experience. We set out to discover an eczema ointment that would offer a remedy for itchy skin. Read more