Emollient use reduced infant eczema.

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Once-daily application of an emollient from birth until age 6 months shows promise to significantly decrease eczema.  This was considered to be a treatment when it was found that “skin barrier dysfunction” presents before eczema starts.

Risk factors for eczema are one or more first-degree relatives with a history of

  • asthma,
  • hay fever, or
  • atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Emolient reduced eczema by 67% in infants!  Lube them up, parents.

(The researchers used Cetaphil with 96% patient satisfaction).  The next study looking at the relative effectiveness of different emollients is the next study… I’ll stay tuned in.

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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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