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Health Tip: Preventing Summertime Dry Skin

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hot weather, swimming and more time spent outside can lead to dry skin. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to combat the problem: Take a shower and shampoo your hair as soon as you get out of the pool. Use sunscreen before heading outdoors. Choose one that's water-resistant, broad spectrum and has an SPF of at least 30. Avoid body washes that are deodorant or antibacterial. Keep your bath or shower water warm, not hot. Use a fragrance-free moisturizer all over as soon as you get out of the shower or bath. Crank down your thermostat a few degrees if your home feels too dry. Read more

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Dermatologists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 – Although some doctors advise against giving a daily bath to kids with the skin condition eczema, a new paper says a daily soak is fine as long as it's followed by plenty of moisturizer. Eczema occurs in adults and children, but is most common in babies. It results in extremely dry, itchy skin, and sometimes inflamed rashes. Some medical professionals believe infrequent bathing (less than once a day) helps prevent skin irritation. However, others contend that bathing at least once a day helps keep skin hydrated, as long as baths are followed by immediate use of a moisturizer to seal in moisture. This process was dubbed "soak and smear" in the paper written by Dr. Ivan Cardona, an allergy and immunology specialist from Portland, Maine, and colleagues. "A number of medical groups have commented on the general role of bathing in eczema. But they don't all agree ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Itchy Skin

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Itchy skin may be a warning sign of diabetes. Scratch too much, and you could trigger an infection. The American Diabetes Association suggests how to manage itchy skin: Talk to your doctor about the causes of your itchy skin. Common causes include a yeast infection, dry skin or lack of circulation. Cut back on how often you take a bath or shower. Be careful to limit bathing when the weather is dry. Wash with a mild soap that contains a moisturizer. Read more

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Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Dry?

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dry, itchy skin can be caused by a number of factors, from health conditions to age. The American Academy of Dermatology cites these possible triggers: Getting older generally causes skin to become thinner and drier. Living in a desert-like climate can dry skin. Having a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis, can lead to dry skin. Having a job in which your hands are frequently in water can lead to dry, cracked hands. Swimming frequently in pools with high amounts of chlorine can dry skin. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Relief From Dry Skin

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Dry, itchy skin can be annoying and even painful. Fortunately, it's mostly preventable. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Take lukewarm baths and showers, and don't stay too long. Carefully pat skin dry, and apply moisturizer as soon as you get out. Opt for a thick moisturizing cream or ointment instead of lotion. Choose fragrance-free products, which tend to be less drying and irritating. Run a humidifier to keep the air moist. Skip wool and rough fabrics. Instead, opt for 100 percent cotton and other "breathable" fabrics. Wash hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer. Use a thick hand cream after each washing. Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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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New Guidelines for Treating Psoriasis When Pregnant or Nursing

Posted 2 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 – Topical treatment with moisturizers and emollients such as petroleum jelly should be the first line of therapy for treating psoriasis in pregnant and breast-feeding women, according to new recommendations from the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board based in Portland, Ore. These products should be tried first because they cause no known adverse effects. Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease, affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. It usually appears as red, scaly patches that may itch and bleed. "Treating psoriasis in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding presents special challenges due to the side effects of certain medications and the ethical concerns of placing this patient population in clinical trials," Dr. Mark Lebwohl, chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board, said in a foundation news release. "It's important for women to work with ... Read more

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