UnitedHealthcare Ask the Expert Catherine Palmier Pediatrics Expert Hi. My next question is for, from another grandmother, they’re very popular today. Um, and she’s writing that her 14yearold grandson has very severe eczema. And she states that he uses an ointment on it, um, but it doesn’t seem to be working and she’s asking what causes eczema and is there anything we can do to remedy the condition Well, there’s several things you can do. Um, Eczema is in manifestation of an allergic condition, in fact, children with eczema often have seasonal allergies andor asthma. And children with eczema when they’re young, have rashes, um, in the crooks of their elbows and behind their knees. Um, and sometimes on their cheeks bright red rashes. They can be sensitive to milk products, they can be sensitive to wool clothing and lanolin which is often in a lot of lotions. Remember, wool makes lanolin. Mat lanolin is made from wool. Um and then as they get older, eczema more is on the outer parts of the body.
Um, what’s really key to treating eczema is to keep some moisture in the skin and that means limiting a lot of baths in very hot water kind of tough to say that to a 14yearold who, usually you want them to bathe more rather than less. Um, but, um, one of the real principles is when you do bathe, is to try to seal in the moisture that’s in your skin with a very thick cream, like a Eucerintype cream or an Aquaphor.
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Have you ever woken up with swollen eyes or puffy eyes and feel like, oh my God, what am I going to do, I have this big meeting today. Worry no more, I’m Isabelle Simon your personal and workplace wellness consultant, and today we’re going to learn how to use tea bags for swollen eyes. What you will want to do is soak two tea bags, one for each eye, and put them in hot water. You want to let the tea simmer for a few minutes. Here for the purpose of demonstration we’ll just simmer them for a few seconds. But what you want to do is let them cool of just a tad, because hot water on your eyes may hurt, so just let them cool down just a little bit. And then what you will want to do is take each tea bag and apply them gently, you can actually lay down and do this, that will be easier.
But you would apply them gently onto your eyes and just let them sit there for 5 to 10 minutes until they cool off. If you have more time you can actually put them in the fridge or even the freezer and let them really get cold and your the swell in your eye will actually diminish much faster when it’s cold, but it depends on how much time you have. One thing you may want to use is a towel if you lay on your back so that it doesn’t drip all over your pillow or anything like this. And that is really as simply as that. I hope those tips help you. I’m Isabelle Simon your personal and workplace wellness consultant.
How to Treat Facial Eczema DermTV Epi 479
Eczema is ufortable and unsightly. But here’s the good news if moisturizers and cortisone creams aren’t giving you relief, help may be shockingly simple. Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz pause And wee to DermTV.
The name Eczema just sounds ufortable And it is. It’s not exactly an onomatopoeia, but it’s cacaphony tells you it’s not something you want. Eczema’s most immediate impact is difort, whether it’s itching or burning or both, and even worse for many people, are the unsightly patches of redness, flaking and even crusting which, when on the face, just don’t cover well with makeup.
Eczema is often persistent, but when it does go away, just to make matters a little worse, it tends to be recurrent ande back for no apparent reason. While eczema can be anywhere on the body, it’s the visual impact of the patches of facial eczema that’s usually the deal breaker.
Your first reaction is usually to use a moisturizer because of the flakes, because most people think of flaky skin as being caused by dryness. But flaky skin is actually the result of many other skin problems such as inflammation or infection, which together or individually, cause the flaking in eczema.
And since moisturizers don’t help either of those problems, they don’t help your eczema. Then it’s onto cortisone creams, readily available over the counter, as well as stronger ones by prescription. If the cause of the flaking, redness and difort is inflammation, then the antiinflammatory powers of the cortisone cream will provide meaningful relief for your eczema.
But so often cortisone creams don’t work because hidden in the redness and flaking and crusting is an invisible and mischievous infection. That infection is usually caused by familiar germs like staph or strep bacteria. But here’s the twist. Through a positive feedback mechanism, the bacteria make the eczema worse, so unless you treat the infection with an antibiotic, the eczema won’t get better.
So to finally control your eczema, in addition to the cortisone cream, a topical antibiotic ointment applied to the eczema at least four times per day is essential and often works magic. My favorites are Bacitracin and Polysporin ointment, both of which are available without prescriptions.
Your take away for treating persistent eczema anywhere on the body should be to use topical antibiotics in addition to cortisone creams and that moisturizers usually aren’t helpful. And now a bonus for the medically curious viewers! The flakes and crusts of the eczema are wonderful nutrients helping the bacteria grow and multiply.
The byproducts from bacterial growth are intrinsically irritating, so they make the eczema worse. This then causes more flaking and crusting. Which then feeds the bacteria more increasing their growth even more and amplifying the positive feedback cycle which can only be broken by an antibiotic.
DermTV What is Eczema DermTV Epi 173
music Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz pause and wee to DermTV. Today I’m going to explain what eczema is and in a subsequent episode we’ll talk about how to treat eczema. The word eczema is a very, very confusing term and the reason that it is, is because on the one hand it refers to a very specific disease and on the other hand so many people use the word eczema improperly in referring to diseases and conditions that are either persistent or recurrent. Let’s talk about the real word eczema. Eczema refers to a disease called atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a rash that tends to be hereditary and runs in families, it usually starts in infancy or early childhood and it’s very often associated with two other diseases, with allergic rhinitis which is called hay fever and also with asthma and that association may not be in the same patient it may just be that all three, or some of those, run in the same family. Atopic dermatitis, again, usually starts in infancy and when it does, in an infant it’s usually on an extensive surface like on the back of the arm or the front of the leg or thigh and sometimes on the side of the neck. By early childhood it’s changed by flexer surfaces, the front of the elbow, behind the knee and again, still on the sides of the neck. When you get the rash it’s usually very, very itchy so it causes a lot of scratching and the skin turns red and there are a lot of bumps but that’s the technical and proper term for the word eczema. But so many other people refer to so many other rashes that again are recurrent or persistent, with the word eczema and what they do is they take technical names and just add the word eczema after it. So dandruff is really called, seborrheic dermatitis but some people call that rash when it’s on your face seborrheic eczema. There’s a form of a rash that you get when there’s just no oil in your skin, that’s called asteatotic dermatitis. Asteatosis means a lack of oil, so asteatotic dermatitis is from no oil and you get a rash. But a lot of people call that asteatotic eczema. When people get chronic rashes on their hand, instead of calling it hand dermatitis, they call it hand eczema. So, this is why, the word eczema, when used inappropriately creates confusion. But, when a dermatologist says the word eczema, he’s talking about atopic dermatitis, he’s speaking about that hereditary skin condition started in early childhood often associated with asthma or hay fever, he’s not talking about those other broad categories. In the next episode, we’ll talk about how do you treat real atopic dermatitis.