Eczema: What Dermatologists Itching to Tell

October 2007

October is National Eczema Awareness Month
Imagine having fiery-red skin that itches so severely it prevents you from sleeping through the night. Imagine skin so dry and cracked that getting dressed hurts. Flare-ups of atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, can cause these and other symptoms that greatly diminish quality of life. Most sufferers are children.

To raise awareness of the burden that eczema can cause, the National Eczema Association designates October as National Eczema Awareness Month. In recognition, this issue features recommendations from dermatologists that can help manage atopic dermatitis. One article explains the role of allergy testing. The other provides information about skin care, which dermatologists say is the cornerstone of controlling atopic dermatitis.

Not Every Child with Atopic Dermatitis Needs Allergy Testing The role that allergy testing plays in managing atopic dermatitis is often confusing. Allergies can trigger atopic dermatitis, so parents frequently ask if their child should have allergy tests. Concerned parents often believe that if only the allergies could be identified, the child could avoid the allergens. This, in turn, would bring much-needed relief. (more)

Daily Skin Care Essential to Control Atopic Dermatitis
When looking for a safe and effective way to control atopic dermatitis, do not overlook dermatologist-recommended skin care. It can reduce flare-ups, decrease the need for medication, and improve response to treatment. (more)

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What Dermatologists Tell Their Patients

Atopic dermatitis tends to occur in cycles. It will flare and then quiet down. Effective management requires treating the flares and maintenance therapy to help prevent new flares. 

Next month: Dermatologists share skin care tips for healthy skin

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