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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Itchy Child Eczema Issue

Eczema almost seems to be a buzzword nowadays. With more than 15 million Americans suffering from eczema, odds are you know someone who is dealing with it.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema, but it can be treated. Eczema almost always presents itself in infancy, or at least by the time a child is 5 years old. I’ve answered a few questions below, as well as offered some tips for treating pediatric eczema.

If I missed anything, comment on this post, and I’ll answer it for you!

What is eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that involves itchy, red rashes, dry skin and breakouts. It is primarily a hereditary condition, running in the same gene pools as asthma and allergies. Approximately 80 percent of cases present before a child turns 5 years old.

What can I do about it?

Eczema is inconvenient and annoying to the child suffering from the condition, but unfortunately, there is no cure.  Eczema can be treated though.

Follow these tips to avoid breakouts:
  • Avoid irritants like harsh soaps, allergies, sweating too much or any allergies your child may have.
  • Moisturize daily.
  • Talk to a doctor about topical steroids or other medications that can help control breakouts when they happen. 

How can I recognize eczema in my child?

Eczema almost always presents before a child turns 5 years old. The symptoms include:
  • Red, itchy rashes
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Affected areas feel warm to the touch
  • Raised bumps and blisters

If you recognize the symptoms of eczema in your child, contact Advanced Dermatology to set up an appointment to discuss treatments and your child’s case today. 

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