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Eczema? Ask Your Doctor About a Bleach Bath

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SATURDAY, Oct. 13, 2018 – Bleach baths can ease symptoms of moderate to severe eczema and reduce the risk of skin infections, a dermatologist says. Eczema causes itchy, red, scaly skin. It's often triggered by cold weather or allergens, and can be a chronic source of discomfort. "Bleach is antibacterial, and studies have shown that a diluted bleach bath may reduce eczema symptoms by reducing ...

Eczema Drug Dupilumab Helped Regrow a Girl's Hair -- Could It Help Others?

Posted 10 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – A 13-year-old girl who has been without hair on her scalp since the age of 2 has seen significant regrowth ever since taking a drug meant to help ease her eczema, doctors say. Dr. Maryanne Makredes Senna of Massachusetts General Hospital and her colleagues in the department of dermatology were "quite surprised" at the girl's hair regrowth, because "other treatments ...

Why Eczema Is Tougher to Treat for Black Patients

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be very difficult to control in some people. But the skin condition, which leads to dry, itchy and inflamed skin, is particularly problematic for black people, according to new research. Scientists who examined patients' skin on a molecular level found that compared to Americans of European ancestry, African Americans may require ...

Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say. And a new survey suggests that many of those battling moderate-to-severe eczema suffer from an inability or reluctance to engage in activities and socializing, which leads ...

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Posted 24 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Sufferers of severe eczema may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeat, British researchers report. Although the added risk is small, it's important from a public health perspective because eczema affects up to 10 percent of adults, the researchers said. Eczema is a term for several types of skin swelling marked by dry, itchy skin and rashes. ...

Skin's 'Good' Bacteria May Be Promising Weapon Against Eczema

Posted 3 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – A treatment that harnesses the power of helpful bacteria living naturally on the skin might be a breakthrough treatment for eczema, early research suggests. The therapy capitalizes on recent insights into the importance of the "microbiome" – the trillions of helpful bacteria that live in people's digestive tracts and on their skin. "By applying bacteria from a healthy ...

Have Eczema? No Need for Bleach Baths, Study Suggests

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Bathing in water is just as effective for the treatment of eczema as bathing in a bleach solution, a new review of previous research indicates. Doctors sometimes recommend a bleach bath, which is a mixture of a small amount of bleach in a pool of cool or warm water. But investigators say the finding should encourage people with eczema to bathe regularly with just water, ...

Prolonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen Eczema

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Encouraging new mothers to stick with breast-feeding may halve the already small risk that infants will develop eczema when they hit their teens, new research suggests. And while the study also found no impact on teenage asthma risk, at least one U.S. pediatrician said other studies have supported the role of breast-feeding in potentially cutting a child's risk of ...

Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition. Many adults diagnosed with eczema (atopic dermatitis) actually had the condition since they were children but were never diagnosed, explained Dr. Luz Fonacier. She is an allergist in ...

Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a doctor for this common inflammatory skin condition, new research shows. Eczema causes the skin to become red and itchy. Roughly 11 percent of children in the United States are affected by the condition, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – Many skin moisturizers that claim to be fragrance-free or hypoallergenic are not, and may aggravate skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, a new study says. Northwestern University researchers examined the top 100 best-selling, whole-body moisturizers sold at Amazon, Target and Walmart for affordability and content. They found that 83 percent of so-called ...

Health Tip: Learn Your Risk for Asthma

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by

-- Asthma can begin at any age, but it usually starts in childhood. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says risk factors for developing asthma include: Having frequent respiratory infections and wheezing. Having a parent with asthma. Having allergies. Having eczema. Being a boy or an adult woman. Working in an environment with dust and chemicals.

Can Dogs Teach Doctors New Tricks?

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – Can your canine companion help you fight off a troubling skin condition? Possibly. Well, maybe not your dog, per se, but dogs in general. A human skin specialist said that dogs can offer valuable insight into human skin conditions such as eczema. "Dermatologists, veterinarians and scientists can learn a lot from one another," said Dr. Jennifer Gardner, an assistant ...

Eczema Can Take a Toll on Adults

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – The itchy, rashy skin condition eczema sometimes takes a heavier toll on adults than children, an expert says. "Adult eczema patients may have dealt with their symptoms for their entire lives, which can be draining, or they may experience symptoms for the first time as adults, which can be a difficult adjustment," said Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor at ...

Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – There's no evidence of a link between eczema and increased risk of heart disease, researchers report. The findings challenge recent studies suggesting that people with atopic dermatitis – a common form of the skin disease eczema – are significantly more likely to have heart trouble. The authors of the new study analyzed the medical records of nearly 260,000 Canadians ...

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