atopic dermatitis

Who among us hasn’t been tormented by the itch after a mosquito bite? This is due to the histamine release at the offending site. In some, it is a bit more exaggerated and an oral antihistamine or topical cream with the passage of time does the trick to provide optimal relief.

Now imagine that intensity and urge to scratch diffusely spread over your entire body in a constant and unrelenting fashion. Night and day. Where a more significant underlying cause won’t be benefitted and cured by time or a Benadryl, for instance.

That is called chronic “generalized pruritus” and its etiologies can range from the readily fixable to the necessitation of a liver transplant in those where treatment for the symptom might be refractory. In the extreme, sleep is impaired and even...

duckyEczema (atopic dermatitis) typically appears on the face and scalp of babies and on the backs of elbows and knees of children. The chronic itchy skin condition usually develops before the age of eighteen months, when a baby s skin is still developing, and lasts sometimes through adolescence or even adulthood, in which case it is often associated with atopy (allergic proclivities). While redness and itching can be reduced by prescription ointments, there is no cure for the condition. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that between 10 and 20 percent of children are affected by eczema.

Some recent research has found...

471991_75301134Childhood eczema has become more prevalent in recent years, deserving attention and demanding alternate treatment options. Eczema is an inflammatory (and often allergic) skin condition, often coincident with asthma or hay fever. The consequent rashes may appear anywhere on the skin, but are most commonly seen on arms and knees.

Unfortunately, despite its growing incidence, there are limited therapies available for young children. All current treatment options are rather harsh and extreme for children, as most clinicians recommend moisturizers or topical steroids for mild cases and immunosuppressants or...