Eczema News

Eczema encompasses a variety of skin conditions, most involving breakouts on the skin that are red and itchy. Occasionally, eczema also leads to sores that peel, weep or blister. Eczema is often an allergic disease, but it can occur for other reasons as well.

Types of Eczema

The term "eczema" is commonly used to describe the disease atopic dermatitis, which is a long-lasting allergic condition involving the skin. Contact with allergens makes the skin very itchy, which leads to scratching and then the outbreak of redness and sores that weep, swell, crack and ultimately crust over. Atopic dermatitis is a common problem in childhood, and it sometimes goes away as a child grows older, though it may persist into adulthood.

Other diseases fall under the blanket term "eczema" as well, including contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic eczema. These diseases have a lot in common with one another, especially in terms of how they present themselves on the skin, but they often have different causes. For example, nummular eczema is usually caused by the cold, dry air of the winter months, while seborrheic dermatitis is a byproduct of the body’s oil-producing glands.

Treatment

Though treatments for eczema will vary somewhat depending what has caused the skin disorder, they do have some things in common. For example, the best way to manage eczema is to avoid the offending allergen or irritant when possible and to seek some soothing skin relief from over-the-counter moisturizers. For more serious cases, topical and oral medications can be prescribed. Corticosteroid creams are generally recommended. A newer topical medication, called an immunomodulator, has helped some people with eczema deal with their symptoms.

SOURCES: National Eczema Association; U.S. National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Date Posted
Article Title
9/6/2017
Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

'Fragrance-free' and 'hypoallergenic' labeling is often misleading, study finds

7/27/2017
Eczema Can Take a Toll on Adults

The chronic skin condition may interfere with daily life, expert says

6/26/2017
Study Challenges Touted Link Between Eczema and Heart Disease

Researcher now probing whether more severe cases of the skin disorder increase odds of heart problems

5/9/2017
Vitamin D Fails the Asthma Test

These supplements probably won't protect you from eczema or allergies either, researchers say

4/11/2017
Silk Clothes Won't Soothe Eczema's Itch

What your child wears doesn't affect severity of skin troubles, study finds

3/28/2017
Dupixent Approved to Treat Eczema

When topical medication doesn't work

3/28/2017
New Eczema Drug Gets FDA's Blessing

Injections may ease itchiness, redness in patients who don't get relief with topical creams, agency says

3/14/2017
Skip the Antibiotics for Mild Eczema in Kids

Skin condition cleared up just as well without use of the drugs, study found

3/6/2017
Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies

But same was not true for boys, study found

3/2/2017
New Eczema Drug Promising in Early Trial

Nemolizumab significantly reduced the itch and improved appearance of skin

2/13/2017
Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

Vaccine should be given into the muscle, not the skin, research suggests

11/23/2016
Can Protein in Common Skin Bacteria Offer Disease Protection?

RoxP may fight cell damage that could lead to skin cancer, psoriasis and other skin disorders, researcher says

11/22/2016
Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study

Researchers find blacks and Hispanics more likely to be allergic to corn and shellfish, for instance

9/6/2016
Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Be Linked to Allergies Later

Risk rose for hay fever, eczema, study suggests

7/29/2016
Eczema's Effects More Than Skin Deep

Itchy skin condition also linked to a number of other ills, skin specialist says

6/29/2016
Allergists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

The key is immediately following tub time with moisturizer

6/2/2016
'Hard' Tap Water Linked to Eczema in Babies

Skin condition seems more likely in areas with high mineral content in water, study finds

5/9/2016
New 'Second Skin' Temporarily Smoothes Wrinkles

This invisible layer could restore youthful appearance for up to 24 hours

4/28/2016
Health Tip: Got Eczema?

Consider a bleach bath if your dermatologist approves

3/9/2016
Special Infant Formulas Don't Shield Against Asthma, Allergies: Study

Review of nearly 70 years of data found no protective effect; experts urge breast-feeding instead

3/4/2016
Safe Treatments Available for Expectant Moms' Skin Conditions

But dermatologist recommends using only the mildest effective ones

2/5/2016
Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Risk of Brain Cancer

Researchers found 30 percent lower odds for those with respiratory allergies and eczema

12/8/2015
Kids With Asthma, Allergies May Face Higher Heart Risk Factors: Study

Risk doubles for high cholesterol and blood pressure, but danger to any one child is low, findings suggest

11/24/2015
Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

But treating skin condition is still best approach, expert says

10/19/2015
Making Headway Toward Causes of Eczema

Researchers say they now know of 31 gene variants linked to the skin condition

10/9/2015
Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Results show how misunderstood the conditions are, researchers say

6/11/2015
Mouse Study Hints at Treatment for Itch-Related Ills Like Eczema

Rodents with a certain gene had runaway itch, but those without it did not, scientists say

3/4/2015
Medical Bills Another Burden for Eczema Patients: Study

U.S. adults with the skin condition spent over $29 billion in out-of-pocket health costs in 2012

2/23/2015
Could a Dishwasher Raise Your Child's Allergy, Asthma Risk?

Study found children from homes that hand-washed dishes had less allergic disease

2/18/2015
Eczema Cream for Children Not a Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Company-funded research followed nearly 7,500 kids over 10 years

1/23/2015
Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems

Study finds higher risk of heart disease, stroke in people with the skin condition

1/22/2015
Eczema Health Risks

The health risk associated with eczema are more than skin deep, new study finds.

1/5/2015
12/10/2014
Having Eczema Won't Make You Shorter

Though a few kids who also have sleep trouble may grow slower, study says

11/28/2014
Health Tip: Easing Hand Eczema

Gloves can help protect the skin

11/25/2014
Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study

If damaged skin exposed to peanut proteins in household dust, chances of allergy higher, researcher says

11/24/2014
Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report

For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts say

11/24/2014
Treating Eczema in Children

Misconceptions about care of infants and children with eczema may be leading to under-treatment, new study finds.

10/30/2014
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study

Risk was small; distractions caused by itch and sleep problems are possible factors, experts say

10/24/2014
Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

Study bolsters the dual-allergen-exposure theory, expert says

10/22/2014
Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care, Study Shows

Emailing pics of eczema lesions to physicians worked nearly as well as in-person visits, researchers say

10/17/2014
Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema

Researchers saw some improvement in winter-related symptoms

7/10/2014
New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials

Dupilumab eased severity of itching, lesions for those suffering chronic cases of skin disease

4/2/2014
Childhood Eczema Often Persists Into Adulthood, Study Finds

There are steps people can take to reduce or ease flare-ups, experts say

2/28/2014
Health Tip: Is That Itchy Skin Eczema?

Here are typical symptoms

12/28/2013
Dermatologist Offers Tips on Dry Winter Skin

Keep showers short, apply moisturizer, wear soft fabrics such as cotton

12/11/2013
Probiotics Don't Prevent Childhood Asthma, Study Finds

But they may have other benefits, including prevention of eczema

11/26/2013
Health Tip: Soothing Baby's Eczema

First, get the pediatrician's OK

10/30/2013
Staph Bacteria May Play Role in Eczema-Like Rash, Mouse Study Finds

A toxin released by the germ might trigger symptoms in certain cases, scientists say

8/23/2013
Allergies, Asthma Show Links to ADHD: Study

All three conditions on the rise, but it's unclear whether ADHD risk is affected by others