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Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Be Linked to Allergies Later

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Taking antibiotics at a very young age could increase the risk of certain allergies later in life, new research suggests. "Early life exposure to antibiotics is related to an increased risk of both eczema and hay fever later in life," said Fariba Ahmadizar of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and colleagues. The researchers analyzed dozens of studies published between 1996 and 2015 that included hundreds of thousands of people. Treatment with antibiotics within the first two years of life was associated with a 15 percent to 41 percent increased risk of the skin condition eczema and a 15 percent to 56 percent increased risk of hay fever later in life, the study review found. Risk for both conditions was higher among those who received two courses of antibiotics than among those who received one course of antibiotics, according to the study. While the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Allergic Reactions, Eczema, Allergic Rhinitis, Hay Fever

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

Related support groups: Obesity, Allergic Reactions, Asthma, Heart Disease, Eczema, Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Asthma - Acute, Atopic Dermatitis, Anaphylaxis, Allergic Asthma, Diagnosis and Investigation, Reversible Airways Disease

Dermatologists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by

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

-- 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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'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

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Eczema, Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

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

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Eczema, Dry Skin, Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Dermatitis - Drug-Induced, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms' Skin Conditions

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are a number of safe and effective ways to treat chronic skin conditions in pregnant women, a dermatologist says. "If there is a way to manage your skin condition without medication during pregnancy, that is the preferred option," said Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. "If you have a condition that does require medication, however, a board-certified dermatologist can help you identify a treatment that's safe for both you and your baby," she added in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. The release was timed to coincide with the academy's annual meeting, which starts Friday in Washington, D.C. Eczema is the most common rash dermatologists see in pregnancy, Murase said. "Expectant mothers often see their existing eczema get worse or have a flare for the first ... Read more

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Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – People with respiratory allergies, asthma and the skin condition eczema may be less likely to develop glioma brain cancer, a new study suggests. The international team of researchers looked at more than 4,500 glioma patients and almost 4,200 people without brain cancer. The investigators found that a history of respiratory allergies, asthma and eczema was associated with a reduced risk for glioma. People with respiratory allergies or eczema were 30 percent less likely to develop the deadly brain cancer than those without such conditions, the study found. Although the study found an association between allergic conditions and a lower risk of gliomas, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between those factors. The study was released online Feb. 5 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. "Many other studies have shown this ... Read more

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Health Tip: Washing Your Skin When You Have Eczema

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by

-- When you have eczema, bathing properly can help keep redness and itching in check. The National Eczema Association recommends: Bathe at least once daily. Limit the bath or shower to about 10 minutes, and keep the water lukewarm, not hot. Don't use a washcloth to scrub skin. Use a mild cleanser or soap. If your skin is flaring badly, it's best to limit or avoid cleansers. While your skin is still damp, apply topical medication. Then apply a generous amount of moisturizer to help lock in moisture and ease itching and dryness. Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Eczema, Dry Skin, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Kids With Asthma, Allergies May Face Higher Heart Risk Factors: Study

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – A new study suggests that kids with asthma or allergies like hay fever may face as much as a doubling of their risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol – even if they aren't overweight. However, the risk to any one child remains low, experts stressed, and it's not clear whether allergic diseases directly cause these problems. It's possible that another factor – such as a lack of exercise – could play a role. Still, study author Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, said, "You have common health problems that turn out to have a lot more serious consequences in some kids." According to Silverberg, an associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, prior research has shown that adults with allergic disorders are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease. His own research has hinted at links between the ... 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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Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 – New gene variants associated with the skin condition eczema have been identified by an international team of researchers. Eczema, characterized by itchy, red rashes, is known to run in families. The new findings add to the number of genetic variants known to increase risk for the condition, making the total 31. The researchers did this by analyzing the genomes (genetic makeup) of 377,000 people worldwide. "Though the genetic variants identified in this current study represent only a small proportion of the risk for developing eczema ... they do give new insights into important disease mechanisms," said study leader Lavinia Paternoster, an epidemiologist at the University of Bristol in England. "Through ongoing research in this area, these findings could be turned into treatments of the future," she said in a university news release. All of the newly identified ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Eczema, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Minor Skin Conditions

Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would pity a person who had it. About four in 10 said herpes simplex, or cold sore, is the most bothersome skin condition. "We knew from other studies that psoriasis seemed to be more stigmatizing than other skin diseases, [and] we did this study to try to find out why," said study author Dr. Alexa Kimball, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. "We suspected that the fact that it looked infectious could be part of the reason people reacted strongly to it, but we didn't expect that reaction ... Read more

Related support groups: Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Cold sores, Warts, Rosacea, Plaque Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Tinea Versicolor, Herpes Simplex Labialis, Minor Skin Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: When a Rash Signals Trouble

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

-- A skin rash often isn't a major worry, but there are warning signs that it could mean trouble. The American Academy of Dermatology says medical intervention in warranted when a rash: Spreads across the entire body. This could indicate a serious allergic reaction. Is accompanied by fever. This warrants an immediate trip to the emergency room, as it could indicate a serious infection. Spreads suddenly and very quickly. Forms blisters. Becomes painful. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Skin Rash, Eczema, Dermatitis, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

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