Eczema isn’t a single condition but rather a collection of similar skin problems. However, of the seven common types of eczema, the name is most closely associated with atopic dermatitis, stemming from an immune system disorder. While it can affect people of any age, it’s most prevalent in children, with almost 10 million of those under 18 affected.
The good news for your child is that there’s about an 80% chance they’ll outgrow symptoms of eczema — dry, scaly, itchy, and painful skin — by the time they reach adolescence. If they’re suffering now, though, it’s time to contact the eczema specialists at Katy Pediatric Associates. While the condition itself isn’t curable, symptoms can be treated with medications that are more effective than typical home remedies. You can, however, take steps to avoid eczema flare-ups, especially if you understand more about your child’s condition.
You may recognize your child’s skin disorder as eczema because you remember it from your own childhood. There is a strong genetic link, and it sometimes runs in families, but it’s not always clear why someone gets it.
It’s prudent to have your child’s skin condition checked by one of the caregivers at Katy Pediatric Associates to confirm that it’s eczema. While there’s no test to confirm the skin condition, observation and medical history can lead to a diagnosis as well as ruling out non-related causes.
Eczema outbreaks often have triggers, and it may take some time to determine those affecting your child.
Dealing with eczema flare-ups
The best way to deal with flare-ups is to avoid them altogether. The integrity of your skin as a protective layer is crucial for avoiding eczema outbreaks, so these tips can help stop flare-ups before they begin.
Dry skin is frequently a trigger for eczema sufferers. When skin gets itchy, rough, and cracked, allergens, irritants, and bacteria can break through the protective barrier. Body lotion after bathing helps, and a bedroom humidifier can work through the night, particularly in the dry winter months. Add bath oil or colloidal oatmeal to the tub to both moisturize and reduce itchiness.
Rough or tight fabrics can irritate skin and trigger eczema flare-ups. Wool is commonly an issue, but even rough weaves of other materials can be a problem. Look for wool-free clothing with a loose, comfortable fit.
Soaps and detergents are common eczema triggers, often stemming from dyes or perfumes added to the products. Watch for flare-ups after changing brands or introducing new products, and choose fragrance-free when you have the choice.
There are plenty of negative health issues that trace back to worry, and eczema flare-ups are one of those. While you may not think your child could be stressed out, some form of stress could be contributing to their skin condition. Maintaining a healthy sleep cycle and ensuring they stay active can help.
When outbreaks of eczema distract your child from their daily routine, a visit to Katy Pediatric Associates can help with prescription medications that can relieve the itchiness and pain. Call the office directly at 281-492-7676, or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.