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Is Using an Infrared Sauna During Treatment Good or Bad?​​

Is Using an Infrared Sauna During Treatment Good or Bad?​ I am unfamiliar with any good research showing the benefit of this type of treatment for patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). Infrared light is different from UV light which has been shown to be beneficial for patients with AD. The key difference between infrared and …

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Nummular Eczema: What is it and how can it be treated?

Nummular eczema, also known as discoid eczema and nummular dermatitis, features scattered circular, often itchy and sometimes oozing patches. Nummular eczema can occur at any age, and males tend to develop it more often than females. CAUSES Its causes aren’t clear, but triggers can include very dry or sensitive skin and trauma to the skin …

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Infantile eczema and how to safely introduce solid foods.

If you have an infant with eczema, the idea of giving them solid food can be scary. While any food has the potential to cause allergy, certain foods are more common triggers of significant acute allergic reactions due to various factors. The most common food allergens in children in the United States and many other …

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Understanding the Side Effects of Topical Steroids

Understanding the potential side effects of topical steroids is important for people to know. I want my patients to be informed about the medications that are prescribed and feel confident and comfortable following my approach to help them find freedom from eczema. Side Effects of Topical Steroids in Infants and Children Side effects from the …

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Watch Out For These Common Triggers of Atopic Dermatitis!

Here are some everyday things that can trigger allergies or an eczema flare or make them worse: ALLERGENS POLLEN PET DANDER MOLD DUST MITES PHYSICAL STRESS SWEAT HORMONES INFECTION EXCESSIVE SCRATCHING OR RUBBING OF THE SKIN CLIMATE COLD, DRY WEATHER LONG, HOT BATHS or SHOWERS LOW HUMIDITY IRRITANTS Metals in particular, nickel. Cigarette smoke. Soaps …

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Can Your Dermatologist See You Tomorrow If Your Eczema Flares Today?​

Dermatologists need to consider modifying the appointment system to improve access to care for patients with atopic dermatitis flares, suggests researcher Jonathan Silverberg, of the Department of Dermatology, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In a recent analysis of patient consults, published in The Journal of the American …

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A Guide to Understanding Topical Steroid Withdrawal

What is the cause of red burning skin and who gets it? Signs of TSW may develop within days to weeks after STOPPING high-potency topical corticosteroid that has been over-used/abused. Treatment with the topical steroid has usually been prolonged, greater than 12 months, and frequent, ie daily or more often. It has not been reported …

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Why Do Traditional Methods Fail?

Many patients fail on traditional methods of eczema therapy and for many varied reasons. The main reasons patients fail on traditional methods are listed below: Topical steroid is ill-suited for the patient’s skin. Missing a necessary component. Incorrect application instructions. Misplaced expectations. Poor follow up. Dr. Van Wagoner is an expert in the management of …

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