The side effects that accompany eczema can cause a lot of insecurities and embarrassment. It’s no surprise that a survey conducted by the National Eczema Association (NEA) found that at least one in five children with eczema are bullied at school due their skin condition. Read more
By Stephanie Cook (see bio below)
You’ve pre-washed his clothes with gentle detergent, disinfected his bottles thoroughly, and baby-proofed every corner, but did you test for indoor air pollution? It can start with a cough; a seemingly insignificant wheeze expelled from the center of his tiny chest. What may be significant, however, could be a commonly overlooked factor:
Is mold causing his eczema flare up? Read more
By Cedars Dermatology (see bio below)
Do you think you’re suffering from dermatitis? Dermatitis (a general term that describes inflammation of the skin) comes in many different forms. In this guide we’ll breakdown a variety of skin condition symptoms, as well as possible natural treatments to get you started on the road to recovery. Read more
By Sophia Ruan Gushée (see bio below)
Managing eczema has been a big issue in my family. When my youngest daughter was 3 days old, she began developing eczema. Since my older two children had not experienced eczema or other health issues, I kept waiting for my youngest to outgrow the eczema as I tried different natural remedies. Sometimes it seemed that the eczema was subsiding. But, in fact, it was on a general trend of becoming more severe. Eventually I knew I had to try a different course of action. Read more
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.
Topical Steroid Withdrawal: Myth vs. Reality
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 read on to learn more. 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.
“Will my child outgrow their eczema?” A clinical perspective of the development of atopic dermatitis
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