Eczema: “asthma of the skin”

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I recently heard a dermatologist describe eczema as “asthma of the skin.” Great analogy. The importance of this is that eczema is a long-term problem. Our goal should be to control this scaly, itchy skin so that the patient and their family lead a life with normal activities. When eczema is not well controlled, the patient itches which can disrupt (patient and parent’s) sleep, increased time spent on skin care and physician/hospital visits.

Eczema, like asthma, has symptoms that will wax and wane, triggers that worsen eczema, and may be passed down from the parents. Some suggestions are to use nondetergent cleansers instead of soap: Cetaphil or Dove. Pat skin dry after bathing so as to not rough up the skin. Put a rich cream on the skin twice a day: once after bathing and one other time during the day. Lather them up with lotion and let it soak in. A dilute bleach bath once a week can help decrease bacterial load on the skin and thereby decrease skin infections. 1/8 cup to a full bath is all that’s needed: more bleach won’t be helpful.

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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