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Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That's because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema appears to vary, depending on how it's given, researchers report. The problem seems to lie with the fact that the cracked, dry skin of eczema patients is often colonized by Staphylococcus bacteria. And that seems to dampen the immune response from the flu vaccine – if the shot is given into the skin, the researchers said. "Staphylococcus infections are a widespread problem among [eczema] patients, with up to 90 percent of patients with severe disease colonized by the bacteria," lead researcher Dr. Donald Leung, of National Jewish Health in Denver, said in a hospital news release. He's head of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choose Safe Personal Care Products

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents should pay attention to any chemicals that are included in a child's personal care products, such as lotion or body wash. The Environmental Working Group suggests that parents: Always read ingredient labels, and don't blindly trust marketing claims. Choose products that don't contain fragrance. Avoid use of baby powder. Avoid products that contain the chemicals: 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol; BHAl; sodium borate; DMDM Hydantoin; oxybenzone; triclosan. Read more

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How to Exfoliate Safely and Give Your Skin a Healthy Glow

Posted 8 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Many skin care products promise to improve appearance by exfoliating – or removing dead cells – from the skin's outer layer. But sometimes, exfoliating can do more harm than good, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). "For some people, exfoliation can actually make their skin worse with increased redness or acne breakouts," said Dr. Rebecca Tung, associate professor of dermatology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. "If you choose to exfoliate, it's important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin." Before exfoliating, consider your skin type, Tung advised in an AAD news release. Sensitive skin often burns or stings after use of skin care products. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Want Younger-Looking Skin?

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The key to younger-looking skin may be choosing the right care products. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Use sunscreen and anti-aging moisturizer daily. Choose products that specifically address your concerns, such as dark spots or wrinkles. Make sure any products you buy are designed for your skin type, such as dry, oily or sensitive. Choose products that are hypoallergenic, won't clog your pores (non-comedogenic) and offer a consumer hotline for questions. Be realistic about what these products can do for your skin. Read more

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Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Dry?

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Finding that your skin is itchy, flaky and just plain dry? The American Academy of Dermatology explains the phenomenon: If you're over 40. Skin typically thins and gets dryer as you age. If you live in the desert or a similarly dry climate. If you have a skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. If you have a job that frequently exposes your hands to water, such as a hair stylist or nurse. If you spend lots of time swimming in a pool, which typically has high amounts of drying chlorine. Read more

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Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 – The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment. "These patients are tremendously disfigured by this skin disease," explained lead researcher Dr. Amy Paller, an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. "It can be painful, itchy and easily gets infected. They may have trouble using their hands and walking," she said in a hospital news release. The disorder has long baffled scientists, Paller said. However, her team's research may have identified the underlying cause of ichthyosis, and it's similar to what drives a far more common skin condition – psoriasis. Paller and her team discovered that a part of the immune system, known as the Th17 pathway, is overly active in people with ... Read more

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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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Health Tip: Protect Skin From Diabetes

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Skin problems are common in people with diabetes, but a good daily skin-care routine may offer some protection. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Control your diabetes well to prevent high blood sugar, which can worsen skin issues. Moisturize skin well, and keep bath/shower lukewarm, not hot. Promptly clean and care for any cuts or scrapes. Follow your doctor's instructions on use of an antibiotic ointment. Increase the humidity in your home during the dry winter months, and avoid bathing every day. Stick to mild shampoo and soap. Check and care for your feet every day. Talk to your doctor about any skin care concerns. Read more

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FDA: Anti-Aging, Skin-Lightening Products May Contain Mercury

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Some skin products contain mercury and pose a threat to your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. It's important to check labels of skin creams, soaps and lotions. If "mercurous chloride," "calomel," "mercuric," "mercurio" or "mercury" is listed on the label, stop using the product immediately. Do not use products if ingredients are not listed, the agency says. Mercury is often found in cosmetics marketed as "anti-aging" or "skin lightening" that claim to remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Some teens also use the products to treat acne, according to the FDA. Mercury-containing skin products are made in other countries and sold illegally in the United States, often in shops that cater to Hispanic, Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities. These products are also sold online, while some consumers buy them abroad and bring ... 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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Your Healthy Skin Germs Stay Put, Despite Cleaning

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2016 – Some things never change, and your personal collection of skin bacteria may be one of them – despite the use of sanitizers and antibacterial wipes. Human skin encounters countless germs every day, and researchers expected to find that the colonies of bacteria, viruses and fungi in skin fluctuated over time. Instead, they found the germs stay fairly constant. However, skin hosts micro-environments, which can either attract or repel germs. "We describe the difference between the sweaty armpit and the smooth forearm as being like a rain forest and a desert," said study co-author Julie Segre. An analysis of skin samples finds feet, in particular, seem to change the most over time on the germ front, said Segre, a senior investigator with the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute. The findings aren't likely to affect the ongoing debate about whether we're ... Read more

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Health Tip: Got Eczema?

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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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Health Tip: Keep Skin Looking Young

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your skin may be exposed to plenty of things that can make it look older, including the sun, pollution and harsh skin-care products. But there are things you can do to help keep you looking younger. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Wear sunscreen every day, even when you're not at the beach or pool. Don't smoke, limit alcohol and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Get regular exercise. Avoid repeatedly making the same facial expressions, such as squinting. Clean skin gently and avoid harsh scrubbing. Wash your face in the morning, before bed and after sweating heavily, and always follow with a moisturizer. Avoid any product that causes stinging or burning, which usually means it's irritating your skin. Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Facial Wrinkles, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

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: Keep Skin Looking Young

Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you want youthful skin, start with a regimen that protects your skin and keeps it healthy and glowing. Here are recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology: Wear sunscreen daily, stay in the shade and wear a hat to protect your skin from sun damage. Don't use a tanning bed! Moisturize your skin every day. Use moisturizer on your body and face, and lip balm. Twice daily, clean your skin with a gentle cleanser (no harsh soap) and warm water. Don't scrub the skin. Don't smoke, and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthier fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get enough sleep each night. Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Sunburn, Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Prevention of Sunburn, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

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