Skin Patch Test

How a skin patch test is used to determine the cause of irritant contact eczema ?

A skin patch test is used to determine cause of certain types of eczema. Typically, this is done when the underlying cause of eczema flare-ups is likely to be one or more irritants the patient is exposed to – a condition known as irritant contact eczema.

irritant contact eczema
irritant contact eczema

A skin patch test will help identify the specific substance that is triggering the eczema symptoms. For example, the doctor will be able to find out whether the allergen exists in one of the cosmetic products being used by the patient or if it is something found in a clothing item.

skin allergy patch tests

Basically, the skin patch test involves placing the suspected irritant in contact with the skin for a certain period of time and then examining the skin to see if there is any allergic response. The irritant is held in place by using an adhesive patch. To provide a point of comparison, another adhesive patch, which does not contain any allergic substance, is also placed against the skin.

removal of skin patches

These adhesive patches may be left in place for one or two days. They are then removed and the skin is examined. If the skin shows itchiness, becomes inflamed or reddened, it is highly likely that the irritant used in the patch is a substance the patient is allergic to.

examination of results

Skin patch testing is done by a dermatologist or other skin specialist. If the patient had initially consulted a general practitioner, the later will usually refer the patient to a specialist for testing. Testing becomes necessary when the patient’s eczema is deemed to be the result of an allergic response.

results of skin patch test

The testing process usually spans a few days. On the first day, the dermatologist may apply small amounts of a variety of substances to the patient’s upper back using patches. Thirty or more substances may be chosen for testing. Non-allergic tape is used to fix the patches on to the skin.

negative result of skin patch test

The patches stay on the skin for a couple of days following which the patient must come back to the specialist’s office. The patches are then removed and the skin surface is closely examined for the presence of any allergic reactions.

positive result of skin patch test

Quite often allergic reactions take place with a time lag. To account for this delay, the doctor may ask the patient to come back for another examination two days after the patches have been removed.

positive result of the skiny allergic test
Positive Result

A wide variety of substances are tested during the process. Most of them are additives used in everyday products like household cleaners, clothing materials, soaps, cosmetic products, leathers and more. Examples of additives include quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea, ethylenediamine, rosin, formladehyde, rubber accelerators, nickel, balsam of Peru, P-tert butylphenol, plants, chrome, lanolin (also called wool alcohol), neomycin, clioquinol, paraphenylenediame, benzocaine, formaldehyde resin, fragrances, quaternium-15, paraben mix, cobalt, imidazolidinyl urea and epoxy resin.

These substances form a standard battery of patches and are often used by dermatologists. Other possible irritants may be added to the above – for example, a chemical that is used at the patient’s workplace or a specific cosmetic product he is using.

It is important to maintain a clean, dry skin while going for the initial visit to the dermatologist. This should be maintained throughout the duration of the skin patch test, till the doctor confirms that the procedure is complete. In most cases, the patient will be advised to restrict himself to a sponge bath instead of taking a regular shower or bath. It is also necessary to avoid doing anything that might cause excessive sweating. This is particularly important in hot, humid summer climates. This may mean curtailing physical activity including sports, jogging, etc for a few days.

Skin patch tests can uncover the cause of irritant contact eczema. It is, however, not of use in determining the cause of other kinds of eczema such as those caused by food. A skilled dermatologist can usually uncover the irritant/s and thus help deal with the eczema symptoms.

How an eczema diagnosis is done ?

The process of eczema diagnosis involves looking into many details. The doctor begins by conducting a physical examination. Many patients are young children. The doctor looks at the child’s medical history and gathers the family medical history from the parents.

eczema diagnosis

The skin is closely examined for the presence of lesions. The distribution of lesions over the body is another factor the doctor looks at. When doing an eczema diagnosis, he will also ask about the times at which the symptoms appear, to detect any seasonal variations.

There are many environmental factors that can trigger an eczema flare up. They must be taken into consideration for a comprehensive eczema diagnosis. Environmental triggers include pet dander, plastics, dust, nail polish remover, detergents and other household cleaning agents, cosmetics and a variety of chemical agents. Several food items are also known to trigger eczema attacks.

eczema flare up

The doctor will probe for a presence of bacterial infections on skin, eye problems and several other conditions that may occur concurrently with eczema.

If the patient is an older child or adolescent, the doctor will ask them for their observations about how their skin rashes and lesions are affected by various factors such as the presence of pets, using certain brands of deodorants, shampoos, perfumes or other cosmetic products. He will also want to know whether their symptoms are affected by prescriptions medications, using fabric softeners, wearing woolen cloths, using fabrics with rough texture and so on. Other factors that go into an eczema diagnosis include changes in disease symptoms at various stages of the menstrual cycle, changes related to hot or cold temperatures, high stress levels, sports or athletic activity, etc.

eczema red skiny

Unfortunately, there are no laboratories tests that can be used to either confirm or deny the presence of eczema. That is a reason why the doctor will attempt to do a detailed study of the symptoms and possible factors as outlined above. In fact, the doctor may need to see the patient two or more times to confirm the eczema diagnosis, particularly to distinguish between various types of eczema. Doctors usually go by criteria that have been published during the 1990s.

Atopic dermatitis is diagnosed on the basis of four major criteria. The first is the presence of a particular kind of skin lesions accompanied by a characteristic distribution pattern across the body. The second criterion is the presence of pruritus. A history of atopic disorders running in the family or a personal history of such disorders is the third criterion. The fourth one is the presence of recurrent dermatitis or chronic dermatitis.

In addition to the above four criteria, there are over twenty minor criteria for distinguishing atopic dermatitis. Some of the more common ones include intolerance to woolen clothing, onset of symptoms at an early age, type 1 response to certain tests, propensity to get skin infections, dry skin or xerosis, recurrent conjunctivitis, ichthyosis, elevated levels of total serum IgE, intolerance to certain foods, symptoms triggered by emotional stress and so on.

 

If a child or adolescent displays at least three of the four major criteria and at least three minor criteria, the doctor will usually confirm the presence of atopic dermatitis.

If the child displays acute allergic reactions to foods or if she has asthma, the family practitioner may refer her to an allergist.

How an eczema diagnosis is done

In some cases the doctor may ask for blood test to check the levels of IgE in blood serum. Other laboratory test may include analysis of smears from lesions in order to rule out bacterial infections, herpes virus infections, scabies, etc. These infections create symptoms similar to those of eczema and can serve to confuse the eczema diagnosis process.

In cases of severe eczema, the doctor may ask for skin prick testing to find out if specific food items or other substances trigger eczema attacks. This test is done by pricking he skin surface with a needle o insert a small quantity of the substance in question.

Eczema diagnosis can be an involved process. It is important to go through the process diligently in order to obtain a correct diagnosis.

What is the true cause of skin eczema?

The real cause of eczema remains unknown. It is thought that eczema is a result of several factors that include genetic susceptibility, abnormal immune system responses and lowered skin barrier function.

Genetics

Eczema starts early and an estimated 65% of sufferers first developed symptoms before they completed one year of age. Fully 90% of patients showed symptoms before they turned five years old. In fact, six to twelve weeks is the most common age range during which eczema symptoms develop. It is very rare for people over age 30 to show eczema symptoms for the first time. The early onset of the disease probably has to do with the fact that genetics is a key cause of eczema.

Genetic eczema

Racial and Ethnic Groups

While digging into the cause of eczema researchers evaluated the incidence of the disease among various racial and ethnic groups. The evidence they found is conflicting. There are studies that indicate no differences in the incidence of eczema among various races. However, other studies appear to show that native Americans and Africans Americans have lower risks of developing eczema when compared to Caucasians or Asians. Others counter this pointing out that the skin lesions characteristic of eczema are more difficult to detect among African Americans due to their skin pigmentation.

Both males and females seem to have an approximately equal chance of developing eczema. Therefore sex does not appear to be a cause of eczema.

Eczema is generally characterized by skin inflammation, mild to severe itchiness, redness and ooziness. Among children, age has a bearing on how the skin lesions are distributed. In infants, the lesions occurred mostly on the hands, feet, diaper area, face, scalp etc. Fluid usually oozes from these lesions. In older children, the insides of the elbows, the back of the neck, backs of the knees, ankles and wrists tend to be affected.

In older children, skin lesions do not usually exude fluid and are often lichenified. The term lichenification refers to a thickening of the skin cells of the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin, into a leather-like or bark-like formation. This is the result of scratching the itchy lesions over an extended period of time. Lichenified skin makes normal skin markings more prominent.

Gene Identification

Since genetic factors are a cause of eczema, researchers have tried to identify the specific gene that predisposes a person to developing the disease. It is theorized that loci on chromosomes 11 and 13 are connected to this skin disorder. If one parent has eczema, a child has a 60% chance of developing the disease. If both parents have it, the odds increase to 80%. Approximately 40% of children diagnosed with the disease have at least one close relative who has the disease.

Gene Identification

Fatty Acids and Eczema

Another cause of eczema is a little-understood, complex process involving inflammation, skin abnormalities and the immune system. Researchers have discovered that levels of fatty acids in the skin are lower in eczema patients. This could be a factor that leads to the high rates of moisture loss from the skin. It may also be a reason why eczema patients are unusually sensitive to environmental irritants and chemicals.

In addition, it appears that eczema patients produce lower levels of a hormone called interferon-gamma. This hormone plays a role in the body’s response to allergic substances. Low levels of this compound may be a cause of eczema and the reason behind the hypersensitivity shown by eczema patients.

While the ultimate cause of eczema is still elusive, researchers are finding new clues that may eventually lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the disease and perhaps a cure as well.

Alternative Medicine and Eczema

Eczema is widespread among children. Many parents prefer to make use of an alternative remedy for eczema instead of relying exclusively on traditional western medicine. A large number of cases of infantile eczema are been treated using one or more complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches.

This article looks at a few of these approaches to obtaining a cure for eczema.

Homeopathic Treatment

In Europe, homeopathy is the single most common alternative medicine approach used to treat eczema. It is fairly popular in North America as well.

Homeopathic Treatment for eczema

A study conducted at Germany looked at a set of over 1100 children and about 2800 adults who were using homeopathic remedies to obtain a cure for eczema. The study discovered that over 600 distinct remedies were being prescribed for these patients by homeopathic doctors. Common remedies included sulphur, sepia, natrum muriaticum and lycopodium. Most practitioners of homeopathy on both sides of the Atlantic are of the view that eczema is a chronic condition. Therefore, the treatment should involve constitutional homeopathic prescription rather than acute prescription. The term constitutional prescription implies that the patient’s underlying weakness or susceptibility needs to be tackled instead of merely seeking to provide short term relief.

Naturopathy

This is another popular alternative cure for eczema. A research study done in the United Kingdom found that out of a group of 46 children who used naturopathy, 19 saw their symptoms improve significantly.

Naturopaths recommend following specific diet rules to contain and cure eczema. They recommend that patient should include evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil or fish oil to the diet. This is done to increase the intake of essential fatty oils. Naturopaths state that deficiency in these fatty oils is one of the main causes of eczema. They also recommend eliminating or drastically lowering the consumption of animal products.

 

Naturopathy also involves consuming herbal preparations and mixtures as well as applying herbal creams topically to the skin. Herbal preparations for consumption include extracts of licorice root, blackthorn or hawthorn berry. Creams and other topical preparations may include German chamomile or licorice.

Some studies indicate that extracts from St. John’s Wort produced symptomatic relief, although it apparently is not a complete cure for eczema.

Mind/body approaches

Researchers have observed that emotional stress plays a role in eczema – many patients reported flare-ups when stress acted as a trigger. For this reason, some researchers theorize that stress reduction can be a means to a cure for eczema. Some have used approaches like hypnosis, yoga / meditation and autogenic training to help patients cut down on stress.

However, there is no consensus among researchers and practitioners about the effectiveness of these approaches. There are studies indicating that biofeedback, hypnosis and autogenic training helped children control skin lesions even as steroid medications were reduced. At the same time, other studies conclude that mind-body approaches do not have a significant effect on the disease and are therefore not an effective cure for eczema.

Traditional medicine

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that relies on herbs and natural products to restore health. The alternative medicine program at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that eczema patients using Ayurvedic medication were able to reduce symptoms of the disease. It also found traditional Chinese medicine to be useful for the same purpose. These medicine systems are not very widely adopted against eczema – one study found that patients with an Afro-Caribbean or Indian background tended to use these systems more than Caucasians.

Overall, complementary and alternative medicine does seem to have a place in the search for a comprehensive cure for eczema. Future research efforts may reveal more effective ways to integrate these approaches into modern medicine.

Types of Eczema

So what are the kinds of Eczema? It is equally important to be familiar with these so that you can easily spot and do a first hand examination to determine what type it is.

Currently, there are 11 known kinds of this skin disease and these are the following:

1. Atopic Dermatitis

Known to be the most common kind of Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis is genetic and tends to appear early in a person’s life. Though it is not known to be related to allergies, people who have a predisposition to inhalants are the most common victims.

Usually, the affected areas of the body include the chin, neck, elbow, cheeks, and ankles.

2. Irritant Dermatitis

Such kind happens when the skin is continuously exposed to certain toxic substances. If you remember reading earlier, these irritants are a very good trigger for Eczema.

So you need to watch the products you are using including your personal hygiene products.

3. Fungal Infection

This kind looks typically like the other kinds of Eczema. However, upon taking a closer look at a scraping under a microscope or at a cultured scraping, a fungal infection may be determined.

Again, going back to the causes of Eczema, infection caused by fungi can trigger an attack.

4. Allergic Contact Dermatitis

This happens when your skin is repeatedly exposed to a toxic substance. Eventually, the immune recognition system of your body gets activated and will produce eczema on the area that is continuously exposed.

In this case, your skin is trying to protect itself by activating its immunity responders in the form of an Eczema attack.

5. Stasis Dermatitis

This kind commonly attacks on the swollen lower leg of individuals whose blood circulation in the legs is not good. Therefore, even the things that you think are harmless like sitting for longer periods and wearing extremely tight and uncomfortable pants can actually cause Eczema.

 

6. Pompholyx

This kind is manifested in the person’s hands and feet in the form of an itchy rash that is characterized by blisters. A lot of people experience this which can be very uncomfortable and even embarrassing.

7. Xerotic

This is characterized by a patch of skin that oozes because of pathological dryness. This may not be very common but it can be very uncomfortable when the fluid from your hand’s sores ooze.

8. Seborrheic Eczema

This kind of Eczema occurs both in adults and infants. Among adults, it usually occurs on the face, ears, scalp and mid-chest area. As for infants, the weepy and oozy affected skin can affect the ears and even the entire body.

9. Nummular Eczema

If you see plaques of coin-shaped scaling skin on the lower legs, that that is Nummular Eczema. Not many people can identify it but it does occur commonly.

10. Lichen Simplex Chronicus

This usually affects the neck and shins and appears liked thickened parts of the skin.

11. Scabies

This is a more familiar kind as it is usually caused by a mite. As mentioned in the causes section, one cause of Eczema is dust mite.

4 Causes of Atopic Eczema

Atopic eczema is an allergic reaction that causes a rash-like allergic reaction that is itchy and causes inflammation. Atopic eczema develop in most people develop before the age of five, and one in 20 adults suffers from the condition. The causes atopic eczema could not be identify, but there are different factors that contribute to the condition. It has no cure, but can be managed using medication, home remedies and lifestyle changes.

1.Low Lipid Barrier

It is stated that people with atopic eczema have a lower lipid skin barrier. The lipid skin barrier is the oily substance on the skin that protects it from dangerous substances. A lower lipid barrier leads to dry skin which can cause atopic eczema to flare up. Using a Moisturizer on a regular basis is the highly suggested to maintain proper moister in the skin. (click link for “Eczema Treatment – Now You Can Re-Hydrate Your Dry Skin“)

2.Genetics

Combination of the individual’s immune system and genetics can cause atopic eczema. Children with parents who have allergies or asthma are more likely to develop eczema in early childhood. Eczema outbreaks are due to an overreaction from the immune system.

atopic dermatitis information

3. Allergies

Atopic eczema can outbreak as a result of allergens. Common allergens which can cause eczema are seasonal allergies, environmental allergies and food allergies. Seasonal allergies are commonly related to mold and pollen. During springtime, plants bloom and release pollen into the air that can cause an allergic reaction. Environmental allergies include dust, pet dander and household mold spores. Common food allergies related to atopic eczema are nuts, diary and some seafood.

4. Irritants

Irritants can aggravate the skin and cause an eczema reaction. Most common irritants that needed to be taken into consideration are soaps, detergents, tobacco smoke and air pollution. The use of hypoallergenic body soap and laundry detergents is recommended. Distance yourself for people taking tobacco. Home air filter is recommended to purify the air from airborne irritants. Excessive heat can also cause an atopic eczema flare-up. So, wear loose fitting, cotton clothing.

Eczema Treatment – Now You Can Re-Hydrate Your Dry Skin

Dry skin is not very difficult to deal with unless it is being caused by a medical condition. If you are an otherwise healthy person you will find that getting your skin moistened is not a huge problem. However, there are hydration solutions that are better choices than others when it comes to treating your skin situation.

Humidifiers

A humidifier is a good choice to help you with skin hydration problems. Humidifiers will increase the moisture content of the air in a room where the machine is operating. This will help you significantly as dry air has a tendency to pull moisture out of the skin.

With no means of artificially moistening indoor air, dry air will play havoc with your skin. It will dry it out even further and try to put you in a situation where you feel the need to scratch.

Humidifiers

Exfoliate weekly

You will want to exfoliate your skin weekly in the effort to help it to retain more moisture. When you exfoliate, you will essentially be removing skin cells that have already died or are weak so that healthy cells from underneath can replace them more readily.

The new cells will not be as dry or decrepit as the older ones.

Moisturizer

Moisturizer

There are a number of things you need to be aware of when choosing a moisturizer. You must know that it is very important that you use a moisturizer after every bath, and as often as needed throughout the day. You should choose a heavier moisturizer that requires less frequent applications. Frequent applications of moisturizers are known to cause skin thinning.

You should also make sure that you use a moisturizer that does not contain lanolin. Lanolin is found in over 90% of all cosmetic products, but they are one of the more major skin irritants.

Steroids

Steroids are effective as a skin moisturizer, but they have the side effect of causing skin thinning. Many people are cautious about using steroids because of the potential side effects. However, when steroids are used according to instructions there are rarely any problems associated with their use.

In many instances problems arise when they use less than the amount of a steroid than that which was prescribed. People think that they are saving themselves problems in the future by using less medication than recommended. However, when using less medication the body takes longer to respond and the end result is more medication is actually used.

Immunomodulators

Immunomodulators also do a good job of rehydrating the skin. The problem with them however are that their side effects are life threatening. Immunomodulators were invented and marketed just a few years ago, and already they have been associated with being a contributor to a number of cases of cancer. Enough cases that on the packaging there is a warning that says that use of the medicine may cause cancer.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are also used as a treatment and remedy for dry skin. They do a good job of rehydrating the skin, but a problem with them is that when you stop using the antibiotic the dry skin problem just simply returns.

Phototherapy

Phototherapy

Phototherapy is the last resort of dry skin treatments. You do not want to use phototherapy unless nothing else is solving your problem. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to ultra violet light rays. It is more expensive than other treatments, and a host of side effects and complications are possible.

General Information and Reviews On Baby Eczema

Even though there has been an ample amount of research, scientists are yet to come with an explanation as to why eczema affects some individuals and not others. It is, however, obvious that the immune system is somehow involved. This skin condition is frequently triggered by an unfavourable reaction to a substance, foodstuff or chemical etc. Baby eczemais primarily noticed as a reddish scaly rash on the baby’s face which slowly but surely worsens to the point where it becomes irritated and cracked. In little ones the disorder regrettably affects between 10-20% of all infants in the USA.

atopic dermatitis baby

In the majority of these cases, the condition resolves by the time they reach two years of age. For a small number of children this skin complaint does not disappear when they are young but continues into adulthood. Although many believe the condition only starts in childhood, this is only partially true; it is just more common in babies and infants. Sufferers have generally had the condition since before their fifth birthday and almost a third of sufferers before they were a year old.

cradle cap on head

Seen as a red, itchy and scaly rash, baby eczema is usually of the more common atopic eczema variety. Atopic eczema often runs in families, and can be triggered when a baby’s skin isn’t moisturized properly. A baby’s skin is much more sensitive and it is not uncommon for washing powders and softeners to trigger an attack. Some recent research has indicated that baby eczema may caused by babies that are weaned early so breastfeeding for a longer period be beneficial.

Other medical conditions, such as respiratory infections, may also act as triggers. Studies have also shown that it may be more common in those infants who suffer from allergic rhinitis or food allergies, or whose mothers suffer from asthma. In fact almost a third of all childhood cases are thought to be as a result of a food allergy; once the foodstuff causing the problem is discovered, it is just a simple matter of taking out of the child’s meals. Unfortunately, the process of eliminating foods is usually one of trial and error; some commonly implicated foods are:

* Fish from either freshwater or the sea
* Products with milk as an ingredient
* Bread
* Products containing eggs
* Any meals or candy etc. that contain peanuts

The management with babies includes bathing in tepid water, and correct skin lubrication with hypoallergenic creams. To make certain the baby is not feeling any discomfort ensure, once they have been bathed, that they are only dressed in natural cotton clothing. A baby with eczema can effortlessly cause infection to damaged skin if their nails are not kept short as they will certainly scratch themselves constantly. For children with more severe baby eczema, antihistamine lotion may be prescribed which should assist with relieving the itchiness. Steroid creams can also be used for a short time to help repair the skin. This is a tricky medical condition to not only manage but defeat even though it is increasingly a regular complaint.

The Fundamentals of seborrheic dermatitis treatment:

Unlike acne, in which the epidermis does not have wetness, dermatitis Seborrheic is a situation due to the overproduction of epidermis oil glands. Small reddened areas that skip out are often the first sign of the situation, which may create in babies or grownups. This situation is most generally known as dry epidermis.  seborrheic dermatitis treatment is not so difficult and complicated; we can easily find it at our home.

Usually, seborrheic dermatitis treatment seborrhea produces as support cap in babies. The go is usually protected with dense, yellow-colored machines that are often crusty and challenging to eliminate. Although not eye-catching, it usually does not cause disease or itchiness, and most kids grow out of the situation by the age of three.

scalp dermatitis baby

In grownups and mature age, dermatitis Seborrheic can reveal as areas of red, cracking epidermis. The situation often happens in an adult’s ear pathways, on the experience or behind the hearing or on the eye-brows or go. Mature dermatitis Seborrheic can be scratchy and uncomfortable, and patients often grumble of dry epidermis as well.

Seborrheic dermatitis on face

The situation is due to epidermis oil glands that generate too much oils, or oil. The unwanted oil is a perfect reproduction floor for a certain kind of fungus, and this causes the red, flaky areas.

Since most situations are based near or on the go, dealing with the area with a uniquely developed hair shampoo may help relieve the signs. Hair shampoos with zinc oxide pyrithione, like Head and Shoulder area have been proven to be efficient, as are those containing selenium sulfides, like Selsun Red. Hair shampoos containing salicylic acidity, like Scalpicin are also quite efficient for seborrheic dermatitis treatment. Often, these shampoos must be alternated for highest possible efficiency. Cases that don’t react to these shampoos are often handled with an anabolic steroid cream or hair shampoo containing fossil fuel tar.

Seborrheic dermatitis treatmentfor dry epidermis consists of tea shrub oil. A few falls included to hair shampoo seems to be very efficient, as are a few falls of grape fruit seeds draw out. Another well-known home cure is dealing with hair with a 1:1 combination of therapy and water, enabling the combination to stay on the go for 15 moments and then washing thoroughly.

shrub oil

Topically, natural aloe-Vera gel is commonly used for minimal cuts, burns, injuries, and a variety of dermatologic conditions. Aloe gel is a common household seborrheic dermatitis treatment in many societies, and is an element in numerous commercial creams, sun prevents, and beauty products. Healing statements also have been made for dental consumption of the gel, such as benefits for cancer, diabetic issues, peptic ulcer, AIDS, and inflammation related intestinal disease, and as a general pick-me-up.

Aloe gel is unique from and often puzzled with, the nasty yellow-colored fluid resulting from the external skin of the foliage. This nasty exudate is variably generally known as natural latex, aloe-Vera juice, or simply aloes; it contains anthraquinone glycosides that havestrong natural qualities when taken by mouth. Dry aloes is a highly effective cathartic drug similar to sienna and cascara, but has mostly been superseded by milder stimulant laxatives. Although often uncomfortable, dermatitis Seborrheic can be quickly handled with items from your regional super shop or pharmacy. Don’t let those flakes get you down!

What One Should Know About Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment Options

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment options vary. Before determining the most effective seborrheic dermatitis treatment, one should consider the age of the person with seborrheic dermatitis and where this skin condition is located.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment for Infants

Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is commonly known as dandruff. The best seborrheic dermatitis treatment for this is a good anti-dandruff shampoo. When seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp appears on a baby, it is commonly known as cradle cap. While there are over the counter seborrheic dermatitis treatment shampoos for babies, the most effective seborrheic dermatitis treatment is using massaging either coconut or olive oil on the baby’s scalp and then leaving it there overnight. The next morning,one should comb the baby’s hair with a fine comb. This form of seborrheic dermatitis treatment is not only simple and easy and does not cause negative side effects.

scalp dermatitis baby

Seborrheic dermatitis on the face and in skin creases is a bit more difficult to treat. This type of seborrheic dermatitis is more common in teenagers but is also found in young children and adults. For children, the recommended form of seborrheic dermatitis treatment is to use a mild steroid lotion.

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment for teenagers and adults

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment options for teens and adults vary. One seborrheic dermatitis treatment option is to use a steroid cream. A seborrheic dermatitis treatment cream will need to be prescribed by a doctor, who will also most likely recommend a particular brand name. Many doctors also prescribe anti-fungal creams as part of a seborrheic dermatitis treatment regimen.(click for another post.)



seborrheic dermatitis on face

Natural Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment

Those looking for natural seborrheic dermatitis treatment options may want to consider using a herbal cream. Certain herbs are known to be effective in treating skin conditions. A person that is looking for a natural seborrheic dermatitis treatment should consider creams containing chamomile,witch hazel, licorice or calendula.

Aside from choosing an effective seborrheic dermatitis treatment, it is also important to find ways to avoid aggravating the condition. Many doctors advise a person taking seborrheic dermatitis treatment to avoid using harsh soaps and detergents. Look for mild bath soaps and use gloves when handling cleaning fluids and household disinfectants. Wearing cotton clothing is also ideal, as it helps one to stay comfortable and reduces the itchiness.

seborrheic dermatitis

While doctors are not entirely sure of what causes seborrheic dermatitis in the first place, there are a variety of seborrheic dermatitis treatments to choose from. There are many options to treat the scalp, including good anti-dandruff shampoos. As each person is different, seborrheic dermatitis treatment that works well for one person may not work well for another.

Seborrheic dermatitis treatment options for those who have facial or body seborrheic dermatitis are more complex to use. Steroid creams are effective but they can have negative side effects. Seborrheic dermatitis treatment in the form of herbal creams can provide some relief. One should also look for what is causing the outbreak. If certain household cleansers aggravate the condition, they should be replaced. If fungus is a part of the condition, then asking a doctor for a good anti-fungal cream as part of your seborrheic dermatitis treatment plan is advisable. Whatever the cause, it is possible to find a seborrheic dermatitis treatment that is effective and that will enable one to enjoy healthy skin once again.