Saturday, January 23, 2010

Is it related

I went through a topic about Eczema ,, my boy suffered from Eczema when he was a toddler ,, it was hard seeing my boy suffered with dry scaly skin during that time we tried everything and researched for best treatments for eczema , but true enough when hey said that he might outgrow the condition and when he turned 4 his skin just cleared up,, but sadly he is now suffering from Asthma which they said is co related with Eczema,, this week he is on Salbutamol every 4 hours because of his wheezing and difficulty of breathing,,

So I looked around and finding how the 2 conditions are related...

Eczema has been linked with many other allergic conditions including asthma and hay fever. Most families that have eczema also have hay fever and/or asthma somewhere in their families. This suggests that eczema is a deficiency in how the body views allergens, it overreacts to many of them.

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a reoccurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition. It affects up to 10% of children and 5% of the population and is usually associated with a family history of atopy, asthma and hayfever. Eczema may occur at any age, however most often eczema begins in infancy and childhood. Eczema typically manifests in infants aged 1-6 months.

Eczema is common in babies and young children. Typically, they get a very dry, itchy, pinkish-red, scaly rash on their face, scalp, behind the ears, limbs and body trunk. The rash can get lumpy, weepy and crusty and sometimes crack which causes much discomfort to the sufferer.

In older children and adolescents, eczema tends to clear from the face and appear more commonly on the hands and wrist, elbows, behind the knees and ankles. If the child scratches the affected area, which they often do because it's so itchy, the skin may become infected.

Eczema is more common in children who have other allergies, such as asthma and hay fever. It tends to run in families i.e. if both parents have eczema, there is an 80% chance that there children will too. The symptoms of eczema can be triggered by house dust mites, animal dander, grass pollens, moulds, soaps, shampoos and washing powders, cosmetics and toiletries. Stress or exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, weather (hot and humid or cold and dry) and air conditioning or overheating can also aggravate the symptoms of eczema. Certain foods e.g. dairy and wheat products, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and colourings may cause the worsening of eczema symptoms.

Although most children grow out of the condition a small percentage will continue to experience eczema symptoms into adulthood.

Eczema can't be cured, but it can be managed. Children with eczema have unusually dry, itchy and sensitive skin. They can be helped with:

bathing in warm (not hot) water
avoiding soap (it dries the skin)
using sorbolene cream or some other moisturiser
wearing soft clothes made of cotton or cotton/polyester mix (not wool or acrylics, which are prickly)
keeping the child cool, avoiding hot rooms and over-dressing.
The rashes can be helped with a corticosteroid cream or ointment. Antihistamines may control the itching and help the child sleep at night. If the skin becomes infected antibiotics may be needed.


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