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Redlands Office

255 Terracina Blvd., Suite 206
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 909-792-8600
Fax: 909-792-8660


 

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Eczema

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What is eczema?

Eczema is a blistering skin disorder that is the most common skin disorder seen in infants and children, in the form called atopic dermatitis. Eczema is often very itchy and when you scratch it, the skin becomes red and inflamed, and may become infected secondarily. As many as 15 million people in the United States have some form of eczema. It occurs in adults and children, but most often appears on babies. You are more likely to have eczema if you have a family history of eczema. Although the exact cause is unknown, eczema is not contagious. Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed when you avoid the things that trigger it.
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Avoid your contact with things that can irritate your skin.

Some things that may irritate your skin include household cleansers, detergents, aftershave lotions, soap, gasoline, turpentine and other solvents. Try to avoid contact with things that make you break out with eczema. Search your home and rid of the following:

  • Old dusty carpet can cause irritation and worsen the eczema. The household is best installed with tile or wood flooring
  • Pets that shed are the worst for eczema. These include cats, dogs, birds, hamster, mice etc. If you must have a pet, try a snake
  • Because soaps and wetness can cause skin irritation, bathe sparingly. During winter days, bathe once a week. Replenish the moisture of the skin with lotions immediately after washing the skin.
  • Wool and some synthetic fabrics can irritate your skin. Most people with sensitive skin feel better in clothes made of cotton.


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Care for your skin in the bath or shower.

Bathe only with a mild soap, such as Dove, Basis or Oil of Olay or use nonsoap such as Neutrogena Bathgel. Use a small amount of soap when bathing. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Soaking in the tub for a short time can be good for your skin because the skin's outer layer can absorb water and become less dry. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Then use a soft towel to pat your skin dry without rubbing. Immediately after drying, apply a moisturizer to your skin. This helps seal in the moisture.
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Moisturize your skin every day.

Regular use of a moisturizer can help prevent the dry skin that is common in winter, by keeping your skin soft and flexible and preventing skin cracks. A plain moisturizer is best. Avoid moisturizers with fragrances (perfume) and a lot of extra ingredients. A good, cheap moisturizer is plain petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline). Use moisturizers that are more greasy than creamy, because creams usually have more preservatives in them.
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Avoid scratching the itchy area.

Try not to scratch the irritated area on your skin even if it itches. Scratching can break the skin. Bacteria can enter these breaks and cause infection that makes the eczema worse. Moisturizing your skin will help prevent itchiness. Your doctor will prescribe an anti-itch medicine to be taken at night before sleep. For children, it is vital to provide a undisturbed sleep at night so that a stage IV sleep can induce the flow of growth hormone so essential for normal growth. ^ Back to top | Request an appointment -->


Avoid getting too hot and sweaty.

Too much heat and sweat (which contains sodium salts) can make your skin more irritated and itchy. Try to avoid activities that make you hot and sweaty. Keep the temperature of you home down, especially in humid summer days and nights. ^ Back to top | Request an appointment -->


Learn how to manage stress in your life.

Eczema can flare up when you are under stress. Learn how to recognize and cope with stress. Stress reduction techniques can help and your doctor can help in arranging to such learning sessions. Changing your activities to reduce daily stress can also be helpful.
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Redlands Office
Advanced Dermatology & Laser Center of Redlands
255 Terracina Blvd., Suite 206
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 909-792-8600
Fax: 909-792-8660


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Board-certified dermatologist, Fred F. Soeprono, M.D., serves cosmetic, medical, and laser dermatology needs of the Inland Empire including Redlands, Ontario, Fontana, Highland, Yucaipa, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Rialto, Colton, San Bernardino, Riverside, and surrounding areas.