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(By Appointment)

Mon    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tue     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wed    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thu     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frid     8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sat and Sun  Closed

 

Quest Lab hours:     Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What is Eczema?

 

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the skin barrier. Once this barrier is disrupted irritants can come into contact with the body’s immune cells leading to a release of inflammatory responses.  Therefore, keeping the skin hydrated is crucial to maintaining the barrier and preventing moisture loss. Loss of moisture seems to contribute to the itch, and an “itching-scratching” cycle can ensue.

 

In infants eczema is commonly seen as red, scaly and even crusty areas on the insides of elbows, knees, cheeks, or scalp. In childhood affected areas can become thickened, occurring on the outside of elbows, knees, wrists, ankles and neck.

 

How can I reduce my child’s symptoms?

  1. 1)     Apply thick, unscented moisturizing creams or ointments 2-3 times a day to keep skin from becoming too dry. My favorite is Aquaphor.
  2. 2)     Avoid soaps with antibacterial agents, scents or perfumes. Instead use a gentle, non-drying product like Dove, Aveeno Unscented wash, or Cetaphil.  Avoid body sponges and washcloths which may irritate the skin.
  3. 3)     Avoid wool, synthetic fabrics, and cigarette smoke.
  4. 4)     Avoid overheating, dry environments or rapid temperature changes
  5. 5)     Keep fingernails short
  6. 6)     Flares can be caused by certain laundry detergents. Try one like Dreft, unscented detergents or double rinse clothing.
  7. 7)     Daily bathing is fine, but water exposure should not be hot or long. Pat the child dry and then immediately apply a moisturizer.  If using a medication apply it first to lesions and then the moisturizer over this.

 

For more information go to:

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/skin/Pages/Eczema.aspx or http://www.skincarephysicians.com/eczemanet/index.html