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Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's Itch

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – A new method of stopping the itch caused by poison ivy worked well in mice, researchers report. "Poison ivy rash is the most common allergic reaction in the U.S., and studies have shown that higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are creating a proliferation of poison ivy throughout the U.S. – even in places where it wasn't growing before," said study senior author Sven-Eric Jordt. He's an associate professor of anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "When you consider doctor visits, the costs of the drugs that are prescribed and the lost time at work or at school, the societal costs are quite large," Jordt added in a Duke news release. The itch of poison ivy is caused by an oily sap called urushiol, which is also found in poison sumac and poison oak. In mice with poison ivy rashes, blocking an immune system protein in ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Allergic Reactions, Allergies, Diagnosis and Investigation

Skin Condition Often Misdiagnosed as Bacterial Problem

Posted 4 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2016 – Misdiagnosis of the bacterial skin condition cellulitis often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and hospitalizations, a new study says. About one-third of people diagnosed with cellulitis don't actually have it, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found. The researchers looked at a 30-month period, examining the medical records of 259 people hospitalized for lower extremity cellulitis in the hospital's emergency department. But, 79 of the patients didn't have cellulitis. Almost 85 percent didn't need hospitalization and 92 percent didn't need the antibiotics they received, the researchers said. Looking at how their findings might reflect the nation as a whole, the researchers estimated that the misdiagnosed skin condition leads to about 130,000 unnecessary hospitalizations. The problem may cause up to $515 million in unneeded medical ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Skin and Structure Infection, Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections, Minor Skin Conditions

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Blistering Skin Disease

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Gene therapy shows promise in treating a genetic skin disease that causes blistering, according to researchers. In the early stage clinical trial, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine tested the therapy on four adults with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. People with this skin condition aren't able to produce a protein that binds the upper and lower levels of skin together. At the slightest friction, these layers slide and create blisters. In the worst cases, death occurs in infancy, the researchers said. In the current research, grafts of the patients' own genetically corrected skin were applied to open wounds caused by the disease. The grafts improved wound healing and seemed to be well-tolerated, researchers reported. "Our phase 1 trial shows the treatment appears safe, and we were fortunate to see some good clinical ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Skin and Structure Infection, Diagnosis and Investigation

6 Keys to a Safe, Allergy-Free Halloween

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Halloween can be really scary for kids with asthma and allergies – and for their parents – unless they take precautions, an allergist advises. "Keep certain common sense tips in mind as you prepare for the holiday," said Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "A little preparation can ensure your little ones don't suffer from allergic reactions or asthma attacks," Martin said in an ACAAI news release. To help parents prepare, he offered these six tips: Masks can be scary. For kids with asthma, try to choose a costume that doesn't require a mask. If a child insists on one, it should not be tight-fitting or obstruct breathing. Halloween makeup sometimes causes allergic reactions. Use only high-quality, hypoallergenic makeup, and test it on a small patch of skin in advance to see if it triggers a reaction. Skip ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Allergic Reactions, Allergies, Benadryl, Hydroxyzine, Zyrtec, Claritin, Promethazine, Diphenhydramine, Allegra, Loratadine, Phenergan, Cetirizine, Vistaril, Cyproheptadine, Atarax, Fexofenadine, Chlorpheniramine, Periactin, Xyzal

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

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Dry Skin, Diagnosis and Investigation, Ichthyosis

'Hard' Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

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

Zika Symptoms May Vary, So Testing Is Crucial

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Zika infection isn't always obvious. In one recent case, a rash, bloodshot eyes and spots in the mouth were key symptoms of infection with the mosquito-borne virus, researchers report. The 44-year-old patient had no fever, a common sign of Zika infection. But he complained of headache, fatigue and redness on his arms and hands just days after returning to the United States from Puerto Rico, where the mosquito-borne virus is circulating. Zika infection was only confirmed by blood and urine tests administered after the man recovered. Researchers are publicizing the case to highlight lesser known characteristics of the illness, which is usually mild but can cause serious birth defects and neurological problems. "Our aim [is] to provide a more detailed description of skin, mucosal and tissue findings than exists in the literature, with the goal of improving ... Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Diagnosis and Investigation, Zika Virus Infection

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

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

Health Tip: Coping With Rosacea

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- The redness of rosacea can be difficult to manage, but getting treatment can help your skin and your confidence. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Keep a journal logging things that seem to trigger rosacea flares. Some common triggers include exposure to sunlight, certain beverages and foods, and emotional stress. See a dermatologist, who can help you determine and avoid your triggers. A dermatologist also can help you create plans for skin care and treatment. Read more

Related support groups: Skin Rash, Skin Infection, Rosacea, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Health Tip: Washing Your Skin When You Have Eczema

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

What You Need to Know When Your Child Gets a Rash

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – When children develop a rash, parents might think it's simply due to a skin irritation. But viruses are also a common cause of rashes in children, an expert says. "Causes of rashes vary immensely and it can be difficult for parents to know if they should be concerned," Dr. Heidi Renner, a pediatrician at Loyola Medicine and assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "Rashes can be caused by anything from an allergic reaction to viral illness to something more serious," she explained. "Most childhood rashes are no cause for concern, but it's always best to talk to your pediatrician," Renner added. In most cases, childhood rashes get better on their own or are easily treated. But rashes can be a symptom of another illness or virus, and a child with a rash should be seen by a doctor, Renner said. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Easing Hives

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Hives are red, itchy skin welts that stem from an allergic reaction. Finding out what caused the hives is a first step in ending the itch. The ease the discomfort and prevent hives from returning, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Hives may be triggered by food, medication, animals, pollen, stress or infection. A mild case may not need treatment and may subside on its own. A cool shower or cool compress placed on the hives can help soothe itch. If you have frequent bouts of hives, you may want to find a support group to help you cope. Hives accompanied by serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, may need an emergency medication. Speak to your doctor. Read more

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Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Health Tip: When a Rash Signals Trouble

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- 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

Rosacea Caused Half by Nature, Half by Lifestyle: Study

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Millions of Americans may wonder what caused them to develop the chronic skin disease rosacea. New research suggests the reason is half environmental and half genetic. On the environmental side, sun exposure is the key contributor. But obesity, alcohol and heart disease also appear to raise risk, the new study found. "Fifty-fifty is not a complete surprise in retrospect," said study lead author Dr. Daniel Popkin. "But we just didn't know. "We now have strong evidence for the first time that there is clearly a genetic contribution," said Popkin, an assistant professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. If you have a strong family history of rosacea, "more attention should be paid to environmental factors, and seeking medical advice can help quite a bit," he said. "Lifestyle choices can definitely attenuate [reduce the severity of ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Skin Rash, Heart Disease, Rosacea, Sunburn

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