What is Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) And How To Manage It?

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Atopic Dermatitis or commonly known as eczema is a condition that runs in the family and often starts from a young age. Eczema is constitutionally dry with an impaired “barrier function”. Some allergens may penetrate the skin and cause inflammation. This will result in intense itching which affects basic quality of life such as sleep and outdoor activities. Eczema needs specific treatment during flare-ups and a suitable skincare routine:

  • Cleanse gently with a soap substitute
  • Apply suitable moisturiser at least twice daily
  • Shower immediately after sports then apply moisturiser

Where Does Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Come From?

Atopic dermatitis (or atopic eczema) is often inherited, which means it runs in families. Individuals with this disorder have an overly reactive immune system and are predisposed to allergic conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Eczema is dry by nature. Eczema-prone skin lacks the "cutaneous barrier" that protects itself, so it is vulnerable to allergens. If you have atopic skin, don't worry (we're here to help you!). Since eczema-prone skin is bare, some allergens in our environment can penetrate deeply into the epidermis. They then stimulate the immune system, causing it to overreact. The result is itchiness, inflammation and oozing, which are symptoms of atopic eczema. Over the past few years, atopic dermatitis has become significantly more common because of environmental factors such as pollution.

 

How Do I Know If I Have Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema?

Eczema is characterised by very dry skin that feels tight and itchy. The condition affects mainly the face of babies. The face may also show red patches and flakiness as symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Children who are dealing with atopic eczema on their faces can feel anxious and embarrassed in public because of the visible symptoms. Thankfully you can almost eliminate your child's atopic eczema with the right treatment and routine care regimen in between the eczema crisis. Babies with atopic dermatitis tend to show symptoms on their faces, especially on their cheeks and chins. When a child gets older, eczema patches appear mainly on the neck and in the folds of the skin around the elbows, wrists, and behind the knees. 

It is characterised by patches of dry, intensely itchy skin, often with scratch marks. A process known as "lichenification" may cause the skin to become thick and leathery with time. This is why it is important to treat eczema as soon as possible and with the right product such as Skinmony's Rapid+ HHG Moisturiser in order to nip the problem before eczema extends.

When Does Eczema Start?

It is common for atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema to appear during the first few months of life. Skin that is prone to eczema is managed with soap substitutes for washing and emollients for moisturising. Do not hesitate to use moisturiser specifically adapted to eczema-prone skin as soon as you find eczema spots forming. 

Can I Cure My Child's Eczema?

The condition disappears on its own in 50% of children with atopic eczema before the age of one. Even though there is no cure for very dry skin, certain measures can be taken to manage it, such as using a soap substitute while washing, taking lukewarm showers instead of hot baths, and applying emollient twice daily.

How Does Eczema Impact My Child's Life?

Atopic dermatitis manifests primarily in itchiness, which is detrimental to the health of children. In addition to disturbed sleep and mood swings, chronic discomfort is often experienced. Children with atopic skin are affected by this condition as well as their families: 
• Most atopic eczema children experience disturbed sleep,
• Parents may have to make changes to their everyday life ,
• While not widely documented, Eczema has an impact on the child's emotional state and affects them while they grow up.

What Can I Do Instead Of Scratching?

Even though scratching temporarily relieves the itch, it will only maintain eczema since scratching further damages the skin's protective barrier. This leads to a highly frustrating cycle of itching and scratching. It is therefore critical to provide relief from the itching of eczema or atopic dermatitis in order to break the vicious cycle of these dermatological disorders.

Any Recommended Routines To Follow?

  1. Always shower in lukewarm temperature and limit them to 7 minutes max. You should also avoid products that can foam easily as they contains SLS. The easier they foam, the more SLS there is in the product. Do check the ingredients to be sure.
  2. Eczema-prone skin is often associated with very dry skin that lacks lipids, that is present in normal skin. While most eczema often stems from genetic composition, there are also environmental allergens such as house dust mite that triggers dry and itchy skin. Vacuum regularly and air rooms daily, particularly bedrooms. The best practice is to use mattress, mattress protectors and pillows that are designed to prevent dust mites. 
    This routine is important especially for children who itches at night and are easily disturbed during their sleep. Do also try to maintain bedroom temperature between 20 and 25 degrees celsius. 
  3. Choose cotton clothes as they are highly breathable, soft and a natural material. Avoid wool and synthetic fabrics as they are not as breathable.
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