La Dermatitis Atópica (DA), es una enfermedad que causa comezón e inflamación de la piel. Tipicamente afecta las partes internas de los codos, atrás de las rodillas y la cara, pero también puede cubrir la mayor parte del cuerpo. DA es una categoría de enfermedades llamadas "atópicas" porque muchas veces afecta a personas que también sufren de asma y/o fiebre del heno o alergia.
Atopic dermatitis (AD), often called eczema (and pronounced "EK-zema") or atopic eczema, is a very common skin disease. It affects approximately 10% of all infants and children. The exact cause is not known, but AD results from a combination of family heredity and a variety of conditions in everyday life that triggers the red, itchy rash.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a disease that causes itchy, inflamed skin. It typically affects the insides of the elbows, backs of the knees, and the face, but can cover most of the body. AD falls into a category of diseases called atopic, a term originally used to describe the allergic conditions asthma and hay fever. AD was included in the atopic category because it often affects people who either suffer from asthma and/or hay fever or have family members who do. Physicians often refer to these three conditions as the “atopic triad.” AD is not contagious.
Eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis or “itchy rash”. There are several skin diseases that are eczemas; a partial list of eczemas includes: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis. All types of eczemas cause itching and redness and some will blister, weep or peel.
Support contacts in our growing NEA Support Network are eager to share with you their experiences with eczema—and to listen to your experiences too! All of the contacts are either an adult with eczema or the parent of a child with eczema.
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Ideally, participating in a clinical trial means helping others by contributing to medical research and helping advance the development of better treatments. By educating themselves about the rules and guidelines for the trial, and the risks involved in being on placebo or active drug, participants can help lead the way for better treatment for the entire eczema community.
Here are some home recipes that use natural cleaning ingredients to reduce your exposure to chemicals that may aggravate allergies (source: The Nontoxic Home by Debra Lynn Dadd):
Vinegar – Mix 1 cup white vinegar & 1 cup water in a spray bottle. This solution works on dirt, soap scum and hard water deposits, and is a natural deodorizer. Vinegar can also unclog mineral deposits in showerheads. Simply set the clogged showerhead in a cup of vinegar, or attach a baggy filled with vinegar to the showerhead with a rubber-band and let it sit overnight.
W.H. Irwin McLean, Professor of Human Genetics and head of the Division of Molecular Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland, shares the story of how he and his colleagues found mutations in the filaggrin gene.
The low humidity common in many parts of the United States during winter can cause dry, irritated skin. When skin becomes dry and irritated, eczema can flare. Here are some tips to help skin feel more comfortable during winter or anytime the air is dry...
To determine whether breastfeeding protects from eczema — and if so, to what extent — researchers from King’s College London, England’s University of Nottingham and the University of Ulm, Germany, gathered data on 51,119 children ages 8 to 12 from 21 nations, focusing on those who had been exclusively breastfed for at least four months.
Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and other institutions enrolled more than 500 children, between the ages of 3 months and 15 months, who had either a convincing history of egg or milk allergy with a positive prick skin test to the trigger food and/or moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis and a positive prick skin test to milk or egg.
As part of the Atopic Dermatitis Vaccinia Network, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) completed a study looking at the immune response to the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine in children with atopic dermatitis (eczema) compared to non-atopic controls.
Scientists from the Centre for Allergy and Environment in Munich (ZAUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München have completed a study examining patients with both eczema and psoriasis.
The National Eczema Association (NEA) research program offers grants to established and new investigators in the field. The 2011 research areas of emphasis are: Eczema prevention, Alternative therapies, Itch, Co-morbidities.
The Chair of NEA's Scientific Advisory Committee, Amy S. Paller, MD, shares her thoughts on the following questions:
What is the most significant challenge facing eczema patients? Why is NEA important?
A University of Missouri forestry professor has found that a species of cedar tree carries an antibiotic that appears to be effective against the bacterial infection methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
NEA Researchers Dr. Anna De Benedetto and Dr. Lisa A. Beck led a group of scientists in studying the function of one of the two main skin barriers, the tight junction (TJ) to determine the role of claudin-1, a protein component of TJ, in Atopic Dermatitis.
In this study, Tatyana E. Shaw, Gabriel P. Currie, Caroline W. Koudelka, and Eric L. Simpson of the Oregon Health & Sciences University, Department of Dermatology, calculated estimates of pediatric eczema population throughout the United States.
I am 25 years of age, and for the past 5 years I have been making my way through the many trials and tribulations associated with atopic dermatitis. Chronic hand eczema and the rash on my face, arms and, really, all over my body, have led me to see a myriad of professionals. From iridologists to specialists, I believe I've done it all.
A friend recently told me to try something rather unusual for eczema: eat a banana and rub the inside of the peeling on the eczema. I tried it, and the results were staggering; I had no itching for six hours after a single application. I don't know if anyone has ever studied the use of banana skin for the treatment of this rash, but if it helps, why not try it?
A new study in human cells has singled out a molecule that specifically directs immune cells to develop the capability to produce an allergic response. The signaling molecule, called thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), is key to the development of allergic diseases such as asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and food allergy.
Chronic itch is an often difficult and sometimes debilitating symptom of many skin diseases and other disorders. Researchers have been trying to determine for decades if there are separate neuronal pathways for pain and itch.
My eczema condition, with which I have been dealing for over twenty years, has improved rather significantly over the past three months. In addition to the occasional use of topical medications and daily use of Eucerin Moisturizer Creme, I started a daily regimen of quercetin (1,000 mg per day), a flavonoid which is a natural antihistamine.
I sure hope you do spread the word of how wonderful this soap works (at least for me) as bathing daily with Avon, Skin So Soft Replenishing Body Bar Original seems to prevent outbreaks of the itch/rash. I was only 3 days old when I broke out with this malady.
I'm a registered nurse. After much trial and error, I have discovered a compound which has worked wonders to control our outbreaks. We've used the treatment for several years and are still very pleased with the results.
I receive your NEA Advocate magazine and just wanted to offer a suggestion. I was an eczema sufferer to the very extreme. I had it from head to toe for over 8 years, and just like everyone else I went through about 10 dermatologists until I hit on Dr. Ken Greer of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He put me on azathioprine (Imuran). I took two 50 milligram pills twice a day.
I have had a continuing case of eczema for well over 20 years, from very severe in the early years to moderate and livable during recent years. I was also being treated for atrial fibrillation with digoxin (0.25 mg daily) and flecainide. About six months ago I was hospitalized for dehydration. My cardiologist stopped digoxin entirely and reduced my flecainide by a third. Within one day my eczema disappeared entirely and has not returned.
I had it bad, and my mother did too. It flared up even worse with stress. Then a good friend of mine got it. He is a paramedic and is dogged with problems like this. He tracked it down to an allergic reaction to methylisothiazolinone in shampoo.
I was born with eczema and have had it all my life. I had all the allergy tests, different salves, soaks, etc. None of the doctors I went to over the years could help me. When I was in my fifties I read an article in Redbook magazine about allergies and it said milk could be the culprit.
Q: What are some of the new medicines that can be used for eczema? I have been using MimyX and/or clobetasol propionate ointment when flare-ups happen. Is there anything else that would help? The clobetasol is thinning my skin. What would be as good to treat the areas?
Q: My son is 5 years old and has been on a variety of eczema treatments, such as Elidel and Derma-Smoothe. What are the recommendations for Derma-Smoothe? His skin improved initially after using this for four weeks, then he went right back to breaking out. I also have tried over-the-counter hydrocortisone (1 percent) and hydrocortisone oil (.5 percent). Any other suggestions?
Q: I’m kind of curious why I’ve never had anyone here mention that they take Ambien (zolpidem) or Lunesta (eszpiclone) to sleep as opposed to an Atarax (hydroxyzine)?
A: The problem with some of these sleeping drugs is that they have their own side-effect issues. Particularly in children, the chronic use of Ambien, Lunesta, etc., is clearly not approved. When I do have kids with really significant eczema, I do call a sleep expert in. I like to document what’s happening at night, and I use some of these experts’ advice regarding how can we help the child get good sleep.
My daughter, Madeline, has had eczema since she was 3 months old. She is now 8 and only recently did we find a combination of products that has helped. She started doing UVB light therapy in June and that brought moderate improvement, but the real change came when I switched her from the wash and ointment she had been using to a natural olive oil soap and TriDerma’s Eczema Fast Healing Cream.
I have found that adding two cups of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath does wonders for my skin! After adding the vinegar to my bath water recently, I just sat in the tub for about 15 minutes. I did not use any soaps, etcetera, while in the tub to prevent any of the products from mixing in the water. After sitting for 15 minutes I got out and my skin felt great! In fact, my skin felt so good that for the first time in a long time I didn’t even moisturize and was able to go straight to bed. I am not in the middle of a flare-up, but no matter what, I always have dry skin.
Q: Does DNA or genetics have anything to do with asthma and eczema in children? And why does it skip generations?
A: The simplest answer is that DNA has everything to do with what we’re talking about, and it doesn’t really skip generations. When we talk about allergic disease ranging from eczema to hay fever and allergies and asthma, there really is a genetic predisposition to what families will carry. The true risk is actually any history of atopic disease. We are seeing fewer generations of people who didn’t have histories of hay fever or allergies in the past develop these diseases.
One year in November, I worked for a week in Chicago, and my skin resembled maps: my scars from scratching looked like latitudinal and longitudinal lines! For some reason, after about two days without the use of Triamcinolone cream, the scars faded immediately. Since that time, I use paraben-free and phthalate-free lotions on my skin, and lock in moisture as soon as I get out of the shower.
I have a daughter that is 3½ years old and a son that is 2, and they have both had severe eczema since they were born.
I am passing on this information in the hopes that it may help some other people: the product is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant.
My daughter was diagnosed with eczema when she was six months old and the battle began. My daughter has what is considered a “mild” case, which has always been disturbingly humorous to me because although her skin usually looks pretty good, her demon is the excessive, no mercy, never-ending “itch.”
My daughter, age 3½, has recurring blistering on the bottom of her left foot. We have been to two dermatologists and they believe she has dyshidrotic eczema. She has nothing on her hands or her right foot, just the left foot. She was given a steroid cream called Cutivate that seems to help when the eczema flares up, but I did not get any information on possible prevention or things I can do to help.
Q: I have eczema all over my body, but I moved to a colder, dryer place and now I have dry, itchy, flaky skin on my scalp. I know it’s not dandruff. I tried using Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, but it just made my skin even itchier. I thought about taking fish oil pills with Omega-3. What are your thoughts on that?
I just wanted to let you know that I have had eczema for 30 years and up until recently I was miserable. Then I went to my new General Practitioner and she had me take a typical blood test. It turned out my vitamin D level was really low, so she put me on a mega dose for eight weeks.
I have been an eczema sufferer since age 17, and I am now 44. The eczema started on the inner elbows of my arms. Then my hands were affected; I would get these very small blisters that intensely itched, and then my fingers would swell and weep. In a Scratch Pad letter, a gentleman suggested going on an elimination diet. This meant eating nothing but chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower for about a week, then adding certain foods back in to the diet to see what was causing the itch. This was a very difficult thing to do! But after three days I noticed the itching on my hands was gone.
I decided to try a gluten-free diet. Now, my hands are almost completely clear and have been that way for the year and a half that I have followed the diet. If I accidentally eat gluten, my eczema will be back in about three days (but not as severe). As difficult as it was at the beginning to avoid gluten, it has been completely worth it and has become just part of life.
Q: I have a 7-month-old baby girl with severe eczema. We have been doing bleach baths two to three times per week, daily and sometimes two-times-a-day baths followed by 2.5 percent hydrocortisone cream and Aquaphor. I hate using the hydrocortisone on her.
I soaked my hands in one quart of water mixed with four capfuls of a coal tar shampoo for a half hour EVERY night for six weeks. After soaking, I would rinse and pat my hands dry, and then I would apply a steroid ointment and cover my hands with white cotton gloves.
Hotel sheets would make my daughter’s eczema flare when we were on vacation. Now I have a “sleep sack” that I made for her out of a queen-size flat sheet folded over and sewn up the sides to be shaped like a sleeping bag.
I find that what helps soothe my skin when it becomes red and irritated is my homemade oats poultice. A cup of oats wrapped in a muslin cloth and tied with a strip of muslin used in the shower or in the bath helps naturally moisturize the skin.
I found organic virgin coconut oil and soap nuts (a fruit, not a nut, that grows on the soapberry tree). I boil the nuts to make a soap nut liquid for my son’s bath/shampoo/laundry. Since using these there has been a huge improvement in his skin!