Severe atopic eczema mainly occurs in children. It can be a debilitating condition for both child and parent.
As a Dermatologist with 28 years of experience, I have found this condition one of the most difficult and challenging medical conditions to treat – this is because it not only affects the skin but it also causes much emotional distress as a parent tries their best to manage this condition which causes so much discomfort in their child. Although there is no cure as such for atopic eczema, there is much that can be done to alleviate the condition and to make it more manageable and less stressful for the patients and their families.
There has been a marked increase in atopic eczema over the last few decades and it is a common condition affecting up to 20% of children in the USA. Approximately one in five children in the Western world will develop atopic eczema or dermatitis. Some children develop it in a mild form but in others it can be severe with an ongoing itching, scratching, oozing and infection cycle.
“Approximately one in five children in the Western world will develop atopic eczema or dermatitis”
The terms eczema and dermatitis essentially mean the same thing so it is often a personal preference as to which term one would use.
There are various theories as to the cause of atopic eczema with a hereditary predisposition being one of the more common ones. Patients with atopic eczema are more likely to develop hay fever and asthma and we call this the ‘atopic’ march – in other words, the patients start off with eczema and then may develop hay fever and then progress on to asthma.
Approximately 30% of patients with atopic eczema will have a genetically dry skin which we call Ichthyosis Vulgaris. There is a structural protein called filaggrin that is deficient in the epidermis (top layer of the skin) of these patients with this genetically dry skin. This leads to an abnormal barrier function.
If the mothers of infants with genetically dry skin wash their babies with too harsh a soap, with the wrong pH, this can impair the barrier function of the skin further and the child may become sensitized to house dust mite, pollens, foods, bacteria etc. This, in turn, can trigger a whole allergic cascade to environmental allergens.
Therefore it is essential for any newborn baby but especially in a child whose parents may have had asthma, hay fever or eczema that the child only is cleansed with the very mildest of products. These products should be gentle and should not disrupt the epidermal barrier function. They should not contain sodium lauryl sulphate or change the pH of the skin.
“If the mothers of infants with genetically dry skin wash their babies with too harsh a soap, with the wrong pH, this will impair the barrier function of the skin further”
Unfortunately, some products, like aqueous creams that have been recommended as a wash and moisturiser for infants for many years, contain sodium lauryl sulphate, and this can, in fact, disrupt the epidermal barrier function that can trigger atopic eczema in children with a predisposition to this skin condition.
I feel it is essential, that literally from birth the correct cleansers and moisturisers be used on your baby to help prevent the onset of atopic eczema. It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce you to:
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“I feel it is essential that literally from birth the correct cleansers and moisturisers should be used on your baby to help prevent the onset of atopic eczema”
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