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LATONYA ITCHY, SCALY AND SWOLLEN SKIN. IT’S SOMETHING ALMOST 35 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM BECAUSE OF ECZEMA. ON CALL THIS MORNING, WDSU MEDICAL EDITOR DR. COREY HEBERT HAS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO RELIEVE FLAREUPS. DR. COREY ATOPIC DERMATITIS IS A LONGTERM SKIN DISORDER THAT INVOLVES SCALY AND ITCHY RASHES. IT IS CAUSED BY AN ALLERGIC REACTION IN THE SKIN, WHICH LEADS TO LONGTERM SWELLING AND REDNESS OF THE SKIN. ATOPIC DERMATITIS IS MOST COMMON IN INFANTS AND MAY START AS EARLY AS AGE 2 TO 6 MONTHS. PEOPLE CAN OUTGROW IT BY EARLY.

ADULTHOOD. THERE IS OFTEN A FAMILY HISTORY OF ALLERGIC CONDITIONS SUCH AS ASTHMA AND THE CONDITION TENDS TO GET WORSE WHEN THE PERSON IS EXPOSED TO CERTAIN TRIGGERS. THINGS THAT MAKE ECZEMA FLARE UP ARE ALLERGIES, COLD AND DRY AIR IN THE WINTER, CONTACT WITH IRRITANTS AND CHEMICALS, CONTACT WITH ROUGH MATERIALS, SUCH AS WOOL, EXPOSURE TO TOO MUCH WATER, SUCH AS TAKING TOO MANY BATHS OR SHOWERS AND SWIMMING TOO OFTEN. ALSO, FRAGRANCES OR DYES ADDED TO SKIN LOTIONS OR SOAPS. THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE BLISTERS WITH OOZING AND CRUSTING, DRY.

SKIN ALL OVER THE BODY OR AREAS OF BUMPY SKIN ON THE BACK OF THE ARMS AND BEHIND THE KNEES, AND RAW AREAS OF THE SKIN FROM SCRATCHING. SKIN COLORING CHANGES AND THICKENED OR LEATHERLIKE AREAS ON THE SKIN ARE ALSO COMMON. IN CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN AGE 2, SKIN LESIONS BEGIN ON THE FACE, SCALP, HANDS, AND FEET. IN OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS, THE RASH IS MORE COMMONLY SEEN ON THE INSIDE OF THE KNEES AND ELBOWS, AS WELL AS THE NECK, HANDS, AND FEET. TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN AT HOME.

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MAY REDUCE THE NEED FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. AVOID SCRATCHING THE RASH OR SKIN AND RELIEVE THE ITCH BY USING A MOISTURIZER, TOPICAL STEROID CREAM, OR OTHER PRESCRIBED CREAM AND TAKE ANTIHISTAMINES TO REDUCE SEVERE ITCHING. KEEP THE SKIN LUBRICATED. USE OINTMENTS, CREAMS, OR LOTIONS 23 TIMES A DAY. MOISTURIZERS AND SOAPS MUST ALWAYS BE FREE OF ALCOHOL, SCENTS, DYES, FRAGRANCES, STRONG SOAPS OR DETERGENTS, OR ANY BUBBLE BATHS. EVEN THAT SWEET SMELLIN’ STUFF YOU PUT ON BABIES IS A NONO. CERTAIN CHEMICALS AND STRESS, WHICH MAY CAUSE SWEATING, CAN WORSEN THE CONDITION.

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