Our expert physicians specialize in the treatment of allergy, food allergy, asthma, and sinus problems, as well as other conditions, such as hay fever, hives, eczema, contact dermatitis, insect allergies, drug reactions, anaphylaxis, and immune deficiency conditions.
Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a skin disease estimated to occur in 1-4% of children. While the exact cause is not known, eczema is frequently associated with allergies, and may be aggravated by foods, dust pollens, or animals. Approximately 75% of children with eczema will go on to develop respiratory allergies (hay fever or asthma). The skin is dry with an itchy, red rash. Weeping, oozing, and crusting of the skin may occur as well as thickening (lichenification) of continually affected areas. Most kids improve as they move into adolescence, with about 10% continuing with symptoms into adulthood. Eczema can also begin as an adult.
- Soaking bath daily
- Regular use of moisturizers
- Oral antihistamines for itch
- Check Vitamin D level, can be low in eczema patients
- Topical steroids, ranging from low potency hydrocortisone OTC to highly potent prescription ointments like clobetasol
- Non-steroid topical prescription products (Elidel, Protopic and Eucrisa)
- Antibiotics, oral or topical, if skin becomes infected
- ‘Bleach baths’ using ½ cup bleach in bath a few days a week
- Severe cases may require new biologic injection, Dupixent