Eczema

  • Rash-like inflammatory reaction of the skin
  • Affects skin anywhere on the body
  • Symptoms may include spots that are itchy and ooze which later become crusted over
  • Associated with conditions such as asthma, allergies and other disorders
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be passed from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Not life threatening but can affect quality of life

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Prevent dry skin by not bathing daily
  • Take warm showers and limit time in shower
  • Avoid baths
  • Use a mild soap or body cleanser
  • Wash area with hypoallergenic soap every day
  • Dry skin carefully and apply moisturizing lotion
  • Cover affected area with cool wet compresses
  • Wear cotton clothing that’s smooth textured
  • Add humidity to indoor air with humidifier

 

MEDICATIONS

  • Benadryl, PO
  • Steroid creams:
    • Hydrocortisone
  • Anti-itch creams:
    • Calamine

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid lotions with any fragrances or other irritating products
  • Use mild soaps that clean, but won’t remove natural oils
  • Avoid tight-fitting, scratchy, or heavy clothing
  • Avoid scratching
  • Wear gloves at night to minimize skin damage from scratching
  • Avoid exercises that cause sweating which can irritate the rash
  • Limit mental or physical stress
  • Avoid allergy causing agent if possible

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • You are uncomfortable and are losing sleep or distracted from daily chores
  • Skin is painful
  • Suspect skin is infected

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