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Eczema's Effects More Than Skin Deep

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – People dealing with the itchy skin condition known as eczema may have other medical conditions to cope with as well, including heart disease, a dermatologist says. Eczema, which causes dry, red patches of skin and intense itchiness, affects an estimated one-quarter of children in the United States. And, as many as seven million adults also have eczema, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "Although it affects the skin, eczema is not just skin-deep. This disease can have a serious impact on patients' quality of life and overall health, both physically and mentally," Silverberg said. He's assistant professor in dermatology, medical social sciences and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Eczema has been linked to an increased risk of health conditions such as asthma, hay ... Read more

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'Hard' Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – "Hard," mineral-laden water may increase the risk of a baby getting the skin condition eczema, a new British study suggests. Eczema is a chronic condition marked by itchiness and rashes. The study included 1,300 3-month old infants from across the United Kingdom. Researchers checked hardness – the water's mineral content – and chlorine levels in the water supply where the babies lived. Babies who lived in areas with hard water were up to 87 percent more likely to have eczema, the study found. "Our study builds on growing evidence of a link between exposure to hard water and the risk of developing eczema in childhood," said lead author Dr. Carsten Flohr, from the Institute of Dermatology at King's College London. The study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, so further research is needed to learn more about this apparent link, Flohr ... Read more

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Health Tip: Got Eczema?

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by

-- Bleach bath therapy may be an effective way to manage eczema, if it's approved by the patient's dermatologist. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Carefully measure the amount of bleach to mix with bath water. Use 1/2 cup bleach in a full tub, 1/4 cup in a half-full tub, or one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water for a baby or toddler. Use only regular 6 percent strength bleach, never concentrated. Always pour bleach into the tub and never apply directly to skin. Allow the tub to finish filling before the person with eczema climbs in. Discuss with the dermatologist the appropriate length of the bleach bath – usually between five minutes and 10 minutes. As soon as the person emerges from the bath, gently pat the skin dry and apply any prescribed eczema medication. Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Children with the skin condition eczema often have trouble sleeping. Now, a new study suggests that over-the-counter melatonin might boost their shuteye. Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is characterized by an itchy, red rash. It affects as many as 30 percent of all kids, more than half of whom experience sleep difficulties, the researchers said. These sleep problems can be difficult to treat in these children, said Dr. Yung-Sen Chang, an attending physician in pediatrics at Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch in Taiwan. Antihistamines can stop working after a few days, and tranquilizers have potentially serious side effects, Chang said. But supplementation with melatonin, his study found, "is safe and effective for helping children with atopic dermatitis fall asleep faster." The link between the skin condition and insufficient sleep "has an impact on ... Read more

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Tattoos May Pose Health Risks, Researchers Report

Posted 28 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Getting a tattoo may put you at risk for long-term skin problems, a new study warns. "We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo," said senior investigator Dr. Marie Leger, an assistant professor in the dermatology department at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "Given the growing popularity of tattoos, physicians, public health officials and consumers need to be aware of the risks involved," Leger said in a Langone news release. For the study, researchers surveyed about 300 New York City adults, aged 18 to 69, with tattoos. Most of them had no more than five tattoos, and the arm was the most popular tattoo site (67 percent). Up to 6 percent of the study participants experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, infection, severe itching or swelling that sometimes lasted longer than four months. ... Read more

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Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – A cream used to treat the skin condition eczema in children does not appear to increase the risk of cancer, according to a study funded by the maker of the cream. Researchers looked at nearly 7,500 children in the United States who were given an average of 793 grams of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema and were followed for 10 years. As of May 2014, five cases of cancer were diagnosed among the children: two leukemias, two lymphomas and one bone cancer. There were no cases of skin cancer, the researchers said. Based on the findings, "it seems unlikely" that pimecrolimus cream as used in the study to treat eczema is associated with an increased risk of cancer, lead researcher Dr. David Margolis, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues concluded. The study was published online Feb. 18 in the journal JAMA Dermatology and was ... Read more

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New Eczema Drug Dupilumab Shows Promise in Early Trials

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials. Dupilumab, which is injected, interferes with the activity of two key proteins that play a critical role in the inflammatory processes that fuel eczema. A common skin disease, the intense itching and red lesions that are the hallmarks of eczema can become severe enough to lead to skin infections and sleep problems. The drug hasn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yet, and the current research was preliminary. However, the researchers report that early indications suggest that dupilumab is very effective at providing "marked and rapid improvement" for chronic eczema patients. "There's this huge unmet need to treat moderate to severe eczema because at the moment we actually have no FDA-approved therapies," ... Read more

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Dermatitis May Be More Cause Than Effect of Food Allergies

Posted 10 Feb 2011 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 10 – One of the most common forms of eczema, the chronic inflammatory skin disease, may actually precede the onset of food allergies, rather than be the product of existing allergies, new research suggests. This means that parents of children with the specific skin condition, known as atopic dermatitis, should be on the lookout for signs of food allergies in their children. "Considering that 6 to 10 percent of children have atopic dermatitis and that up to one-third of those individuals may have documented food allergy, the number of these children affected by food allergies may be significant," Dr. Jon M. Hanifin, a dermatologist and professor at Oregon Health & Science University, said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. Hanifin presented his team's findings Feb. 4 in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. ... Read more

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Farm Environment, Cats Help Kids Avoid Skin Disease

Posted 8 Dec 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 8 – The children of mothers who were around farm animals and cats during pregnancy are less likely to develop atopic dermatitis in their first two years of life, new European research shows. Atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema) is a chronic and painful inflammation of the skin that frequently occurs in childhood. The condition affects up to 20 percent of children in industrialized countries and is one of the most common childhood skin diseases. A research team from the University of Zurich looked at 508 European children from families that lived on farms and 555 children who weren't from farm families in rural areas of Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland. Along with the first finding, the researchers also identified two genes associated with a child's reduced risk of developing atopic dermatitis in the first two years of life. The findings support ... Read more

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Diluted Bleach Baths Ease Kids' Eczema

Posted 27 Apr 2009 by

MONDAY, April 27 – Diluted bleach baths offer a safe, simple and inexpensive way of treating children with eczema, according to U.S. researchers. The skin disease, which affects 17 percent of school-age children, can affect youngsters' appearance, sleep, and their ability to concentrate in school. Eczema-related itching can be so bad that children sometimes break the skin and get chronic skin infections that can be difficult to treat, the researchers noted. The study, by a team at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, included 31 patients, ages 6 months to 17 years old, with moderate or severe eczema plus a skin infection. Half of the children took diluted bleach baths (half a cup of bleach per full standard tub), while the others had a placebo mixed into their bath water. The children were told to soak in the baths for five to 10 minutes at a time, two ... Read more

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Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema

Posted 14 Mar 2009 by

SATURDAY, March 14 – Certain traditional Chinese medicine, including tea and acupuncture, may safely and effectively help treat chronic eczema, a new report finds. Use of Erka Shizheng Herbal Tea, a bath additive, creams and acupuncture over eight months greatly reduced the severity of the itchy, red skin condition and improved the quality of life of 14 atopic dermatitis (eczema) patients studied by researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The patients received the treatment at a Manhattan center for natural health. All but one patient saw at least a 60 percent improvement in eczema severity, based on standard rating scales to measure disease activity, after a little more than three months of treatment. All but one also experienced a 50 percent increase in a quality-of-life questionnaire after about two and a half months of treatment. The use of steroids, antibiotics and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Soothing Eczema

Posted 29 Oct 2008 by

-- Eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes patches of itchy, scaly and red skin. Depending on the condition's severity, soothing moisturizers, mild soaps, or wet dressings can help ease symptoms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following conditions can make eczema worse, and should be avoided when possible: Dry skin. Exposing the skin to very warm or hot water for long periods. Exposing the skin to environmental irritants. Stress. Changes in temperature. Sweating. Read more

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