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Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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 hypoallergenic products had a potentially allergenic chemical. The researchers also discovered that 45 percent of products marketed as fragrance-free contained a botanical ingredient or one that reacts to a fragrance that can cause a skin rash or skin allergy. In addition, moisturizers with "dermatologist-recommended" labels cost an average of 20 cents more per ounce than those that did not have the label. "We looked into what it means to be dermatologist-recommended, and it doesn't mean much because ... Read more

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Health Tip: Learn Your Risk for Asthma

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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. Read more

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Can Dogs Teach Doctors New Tricks?

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 professor of dermatology at University of Washington in Seattle. "When we work together and share our expertise, it can improve the health of humans and animals alike, as well as the health of the environment they share," she explained in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. For example, Gardner said, there has been significant research into developing systemic and immune-based treatments for eczema in dogs, due to the fact that the use of skin-applied treatments is limited when a ... Read more

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Eczema Can Take a Toll on Adults

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Either way, this condition can take a real toll on them," added Silverberg, director of Northwestern's Multidisciplinary Eczema Center. Some people mistakenly regard eczema as a childhood disease and not a serious health problem for adults, he said. "People who aren't familiar with the disease might say, 'It's just eczema.' But for many patients, it's not 'just eczema.' It can be debilitating," Silverberg said in a news release ... Read more

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Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

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 between the ages of 30 and 74. They found that the 7 percent with atopic dermatitis "were not at any increased risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks or strokes," said lead author Dr. Aaron Drucker. He's an assistant professor of dermatology at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The study could not determine whether there might be a link between eczema severity and heart disease, Drucker said in a university news release. He added that he is now researching that. The ... Read more

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Silk Clothes Won't Soothe Eczema's Itch

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Although it may feel nice against the skin, new research says silk clothing offers little benefit for kids with eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that can cause a rash and itchiness, and some parents believe that clothing can either worsen or soothe the problem. This prompts some to avoid dressing their children in wool clothes, and instead dress them in only fine weave fabrics such as cotton or silk. This new research included 300 children from the United Kingdom. They were between the ages of 1 and 15. All had moderate to severe eczema. During the study, they received standard care for their skin condition and wore either their usual clothing or silk garments. After six months, there was no difference in eczema severity, use of medication or quality of life between the two groups, the study authors said. "The results of this trial suggest that silk garments ... Read more

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Dupixent Approved to Treat Eczema

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Dupixent (dupilumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat moderate-to-severe eczema that isn't well controlled by topical medication. Eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the skin, leading to red, scaly patches. The patches of itchy skin – when scratched – can lead to swelling, cracking skin that leaks fluid, the FDA said Tuesday in a news release. The injected drug Dupixent is designed to thwart a protein that causes skin inflammation. Its effectiveness was evaluated in clinical studies involving more than 2,100 people. The most common side effects included injection-site reactions, cold sores, and eye inflammation. More serious adverse effects included severe allergic reactions, pink eye and inflammation of the eye's cornea. The FDA granted approval of Dupixent to ... Read more

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New Eczema Drug Dupixent Gets FDA Approval

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 – Adults plagued by eczema may have a new treatment option, with a new drug approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dupixent (dupilumab) injections treat moderate-to-severe eczema in patients whose condition is not controlled by topical treatments or who should not use topical treatments. Eczema inflames the skin, making it red and itchy. It's common in children, but can occur at any age and last a lifetime. "Eczema can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, so it is important to have a variety of treatment options available to patients, including those patients whose disease is not controlled by topical therapies," Dr. Julie Beitz said in an FDA news release. She is director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. However, the drug is far from cheap. A year's worth of ... Read more

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FDA Approves Dupixent (dupilumab) for Eczema

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

March 28, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable. Dupixent can be used with or without topical corticosteroids. “FDA’s approval of Dupixent demonstrates our commitment to approving new and innovative therapies for patients with skin disease,” said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Eczema can cause significant skin irritation and discomfort for patients, so it is important to have a variety of treatment options available to patients, including those patients whose disease is not controlled by topical therapies.” Atopic dermatitis, a c ... Read more

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Skip the Antibiotics for Mild Eczema in Kids

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Despite widespread use, antibiotics are not an effective treatment for milder cases of the skin condition eczema in children, a new study contends. One pediatrician who reviewed the findings called them "terribly important" for eczema care. "This is a good example of a common situation in medicine," said Dr. Michael Grosso. "A particular intervention 'makes sense,' becomes common practice – and often becomes the so-called 'standard of care' – only to be proved ineffective when the therapy is subjected to scientific investigation." Grosso is chair of pediatrics at Northwell Health's Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y. Eczema is an immunological condition affecting both children and adults, where patches of skin become inflamed, red and itchy. Dr. Craig Osleeb explained that "children with eczema have an overabundance of the bacteria normally found on ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could boost the risk that kids will develop food allergies, a new study suggests. "Early life exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established risk factor for asthma and, in some studies, for allergic sensitization and eczema in children," said study co-author Anna Bergstrom. She is from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. "However, no studies have prospectively looked at its impact on the risk of pediatric food-related symptoms," Bergstrom said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). In the new study, researchers followed the health of almost 3,800 Swedish children between 1994 and 1996. Researchers followed the kids' health until they were 16. The researchers periodically surveyed the parents about whether or not kids showed any signs of food allergies. ... Read more

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New Eczema Drug Promising in Early Trial

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – An experimental drug may significantly reduce the itching and improve the appearance of moderate to severe eczema, a new, preliminary trial finds. Nemolizumab is a man-made, injectable antibody that acts against the protein that has been identified as playing a part in eczema, the international team of researchers said. "The treatments for atopic dermatitis [eczema] have been disappointing because of their lack of efficacy and the long-term side effects," said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She had no role in the study. "There are also issues with compliance, since the products often need to be applied to broad areas multiple times a day," she added. Since this is a chronic condition, continued treatment is usually needed to maintain results, Day explained. "The goal is to find a non-steroid treatment that is easy to ... Read more

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Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Posted 13 Feb 2017 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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Got an Itch? Use These Tips for Relief -- and Don't Scratch

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Itchy skin is a common problem, but there are several ways to find relief, a dermatologist says. "There are many reasons for itchy skin," Dr. Hassan Galadari said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "It could be the result of a skin condition, such as eczema, shingles, hives or psoriasis, or it could be a sign of a contagious disease, like scabies or ringworm." To relieve itchy skin, Galadari offers these tips: Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides. Or take an oatmeal bath. Use skin moisturizers that contain no additives, fragrances or perfumes. Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine. Apply cooling agents such as menthol or calamine, or refrigerate your moisturizer to help achieve this cooling effect. Avoid scratching. It will irritate your skin and could lead to ... Read more

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FDA Approves Eucrisa (crisaborole) for Eczema

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

December 14, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Eucrisa (crisaborole) ointment to treat mild to moderate eczema (atopic dermatitis) in patients two years of age and older. Atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, is often referred to as "eczema," which is a general term for the several types of inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of eczema and onset typically begins in childhood and can last through adulthood. The cause of atopic dermatitis is a combination of genetic, immune and environmental factors. In atopic dermatitis, the skin develops red, scaly and crusted bumps, which are extremely itchy. Scratching leads to swelling, cracking, "weeping" clear fluid, and finally, coarsening and thickening of the skin. "Today’s approval provides another treatment option for patients dealing with mild to m ... Read more

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