If eczema is linked to a contact allergy to a product or object, your doctor will conduct tests to detect the allergen responsible. They will then advise you on how to avoid the allergen, which is most likely found in multiple objects or products in your daily life.
Emollients provide the essential base for daily treatment against atopic eczema. As true masters in soothing relief, they hydrate, nourish and rebuild the skin. They help you scratch less, which speeds up skin healing and prevents flare-ups. But only if you use them correctly!
Workshops exist to provide information about the disease and to help patients feel understood and less alone. You will walk away from these sessions with concrete information and advice to try at home.
Hydroalcoholic gels do not cause eczema to appear on the hands. Their antibacterial action kills microbes on the skin’s surface.
However, washing hands excessively with hot water or with soap alters the skin barrier. Soap dissolves the protective fat in the epidermis and thus increases the penetration of external aggressions (allergens, irritants, etc.). In response to these aggressions, the skin over-reacts and presents with red patches.
Hydroalcoholic solutions (more liquid than the gels) cause significantly more irritation than the gels. Gels are thus the preferred option.
Has your doctor prescribed you topical corticosteroids? You have nothing to worry about. Misconceptions surrounding the side effects of topical corticosteroids are common. This is because they are often confused with oral cortisone treatments. This is a shame, because the primary side effect of cortisone creams, when used correctly, is a better quality of life!
A = “Acquire knowledge” to better understand and manage your disease
B = “Block up holes” to repair and strengthen the skin barrier
C = “Comprehend the effects of topical corticosteroids” and how they can help you
D = “Distance yourself from triggering factors” by limiting your exposure to agents that aggravate your disease
E = “Enforce a treatment routine” that provides a moment of pleasure
Emotions, such as the stress of undergoing a review or pressure at work, can have an impact on your eczema. Although stress does not cause eczema, it is an aggravating factor.
Worldwide incidence of chronic diseases is steadily increasing. Obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, etc. The seriousness of these chronic diseases is sometimes under-estimated. They are currently the leading cause of death in the world (63% of deaths according to a 2011 World Health Organization report).
This rise in chronic pathologies appears to coincide with a deterioration in our lifestyles. The latest public health challenge is thus to empower patients by helping them gain control over their health.
Ask anyone with atopic eczema: after a flare-up, you’re always hoping for more time before the next one. Another flare-up is almost inevitable, but it can be delayed with the help of emollient creams.
Living everyday with highly visible eczema is often challenging and stressful and can even lead to feelings of hopelessness and withdrawal.
- “Out-of-pocket expenses for adults with atopy in France”
- “What grade should we give prescribing physicians?”
- “Non-invasive study on the biology of the stratum corneum”
- “Stress, pruritus, scratching”
- “Latest developments in the microbiome and bacteriotherapy”
- “Efficacy of systemic treatments”
Which shower gel should you use if you have eczema? Should the bath be hot or warm? How do you dry off? We offer our advice on helpful ways to get soothing relief from eczema in your bathroom!
The Foundation’s 15-year international experience in atopic eczema and the long-standing expertise of its founding members and scientific advisors are assets in leveraging its know-how in new areas.
The AADA’s mission is to increase awareness about atopic dermatitis among patients and their family members in Spain.
In collaboration with the Eczema Foundation, the AADA organized two days, on 27 and 28 November 2019, dedicated to eczema.
- “Finding an adequate definition for atopic dermatitis: the challenge continues”
- “Details on the skin and nasal microbiomes”
- “How to present the risks and benefits of treatments”
- “A clinical trial for a neonatal emollient”
- “Is it possible to predict the trajectory of atopy in children?”
- “Contact eczema caused by blood sugar sensors and insulin pumps”
Discover all the recipes featuring “anti-inflammatory” ingredients. They were prepared as part of the “therapeutic cooking” workshop by 11 teens at the camp dedicated to teens with atopic eczema in Osseja on 31 May 2019.
Mexican pasta salad
Homemade fruit cake
Tropical fruit smoothie
Strawberries and coconut cream
- “Preventing atopy: disappointment”,
- “The most relevant diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis in China”,
- “A European study on treatments for severe atopic dermatitis”,
- “A new treatment: topical JAK-inhibitors”,
- "The pain associated with atopic dermatitis",
- “The role of the gastrointestinal microbiota is unknown”
- “The itch-scratch cycle”
- “Four groups of young children with atopy”
- “With or without staphylococci?”
- “Can an aggressive treatment prevent the Atopic March?”
- “Prevalence of atopic dermatitis in tropical countries”
Contact eczema presents all the usual eczema symptoms, in particular those all-too-familiar itchy red patches... Its cause, however, is very specific: an allergic reaction to a product or object coming into contact with the skin.
The most common example is an allergic reaction to costume jewelry, but others are more difficult to diagnose.
Are dry skin and red patches causing baby to fuss? It might well be eczema. But there is no need to turn your daily life upside down to soothe baby. Sometimes, a simple adjustment in your daily habits and care is all it takes. Once the doctor has confirmed the diagnosis, simple products can be used to provide comfort.
It itches and can even make your children a bit irritable: no one wants their child to have to deal with eczema. A basic understanding of the condition, however, will reveal just how common it is but also that treatments can help improve outcomes. The first approach to fight against eczema is to develop your understanding of the disease and to bust certain myths.
When you see your child scratching and the damage to their skin, it is nice to know that you can provide them with soothing relief from eczema by adopting a few helpful habits. Isn’t that already a great relief?
Naturally, you may be wondering what happens next: how will their flare-ups evolve over time? Is eczema a lifelong condition?
You can put your mind at ease!
Because flare-ups do go away in most cases. Even better, they will likely do so without leaving a trace. In some cases, eczema can become chronic and lead to very rare complications, but for the vast majority of children, atopic eczema is a temporary condition.
In most cases, eczema remains benign. Of course, the itching is extremely uncomfortable, and the psychological impact can be significant, but eczema poses no vital threat to health, especially if you are able to relieve symptoms by adopting treatments and making some lifestyle changes.
In rare cases, complications may arise, and the condition can take a more serious turn.
On skin of color, eczema rashes are less visible, which may make diagnosis more difficult. Inflammation may also leave lighter marks and must, therefore, be treated as soon as possible.
The condition is characterized by scabs and oozing in cases of acute eczema.
The best habits for providing soothing relief from eczema depend on its root cause: allergic or atopic?
Eczema on the legs could be an allergic reaction, a sign of atopy, or a type of eczema linked to poor circulation. The treatments will thus vary depending on the cause.
If eczema appears on the genitals, it is probably the result of an allergy to a product or object that has come into contact with the skin.
Eczema is skin inflammation characterized mainly by its red, itchy patches. However, several different types of eczema can affect the feet: atopic eczema, contact eczema or dyshidrosis, a particular aspect observed in this area of the body.
The wrists, crook of the arms, and the elbows are the regions most often affected by eczema.
These red, itchy patches can be associated with two types of eczema: atopic eczema or allergic eczema. And each type requires a different approach!
Both allergic eczema and atopic eczema can appear on the torso, chest or stomach. But each type of eczema requires a different solution!
In infants, this may be the first sign of atopy, which usually begins to show up at this age. Or it could be an allergic reaction to a product, either through direct contact or indirectly via mom’s or dad’s hands for example.
Although other types of eczema exist, atopic eczema and contact eczema are the most common.
Eczema can affect any part of the hands, from the palms and fingertips to the back of the hands, or all these areas simultaneously. Eczema is especially bothersome when it affects this highly sensitive, and more visible, part of the body. How can you get soothing relief? The first step is to determine whether it is linked to an allergy, an irritation or to atopic skin. Sometimes, a combination of these causes is responsible.
The main symptoms of atopic eczema are itchy red patches and dry skin. Another distinctive sign is alternating periods of flare-ups and remission.
In most cases, this type of eczema appears in childhood and usually subsides by adulthood.
Atopic eczema is not contagious; you cannot “catch it”! In simple terms, it means that the skin becomes inflamed easily. This is why it is also known as atopic dermatitis.
Atopic eczema is the skin manifestation of atopy, just as asthma is its respiratory manifestation.
If patches on your scalp make you want to furiously scratch at your head, chances are you have eczema. In any case, you are experiencing inflammation. So, is it allergic eczema or atopic eczema? If only the scalp is affected, then it is certainly an allergy (and thus allergic eczema, also known as contact eczema). But be careful: lice also causes itching of the scalp...
The Eczema Foundation collaborates with healthcare professionals and supports patients so they can join forces to help patients live better with eczema.
Eczema is so common, and yet there is so little awareness about the disease. As a result, when it manifests, it raises a number of questions, uncertainties and, in some cases, distress. We are here to support patients and their loved ones as they learn to live better with eczema. Like a beacon in the fog, we act as a guiding light by providing key insights and information.
We aim to bring healthcare professionals together and share with them our up-to-date knowledge of the different forms of eczema, treatments and ways to provide caring support to patients.
Eczema is itchy, so how can it be relieved quickly? The good news is that anti-inflammatories can greatly reduce discomfort and redness.
However, treatment and the right habits to adopt vary depending on whether your eczema is atopic in origin or due to an allergic contact reaction.
Whether you have atopic eczema or contact eczema, cortisone cream can help soothe inflammation.
For atopic eczema, cream-based anti-inflammatories are used in combination with regular skin hydration. Other treatments may be used, particularly for more severe cases.
The basic treatment for eczema generally is cortisone cream. Other complementary medications and treatments, particularly for more severe forms of the condition, may be prescribed by a doctor.
Fewer eczema flare-ups and less itching are possible! Although there is no cure for atopic eczema (flare-ups cannot be prevented completely), we can offer soothing relief from flare-ups and make them less frequent with the right treatment: cortisone cream + emollient.
Topical treatment is essential and produces excellent results, provided it is applied correctly.
Eczema is a skin condition which can affect people at any age. You likely know someone who has it, as it is very common, especially in children: 1 in 5 children is affected.
Fortunately, eczema is most often benign and is not contagious. That said, however, we still want to find ways to relieve any discomfort and reduce its potential psychological impact.
Around the mouth or the eyes, on the eyelids, the nose and even the ears...
Eczema, whether atopic or allergic, often appears on the face and neck.
What should you do if you have eczema on your ears? Determine the cause in order to treat it properly: it could be due to an allergic reaction or to atopy.
Eczema may itch, but don’t worry; it will never reach the eardrum.
It can affect any area of the body. Where the patches appear depends largely on the type of eczema. Atopic eczema affects certain parts of the body more than others depending on the age of the patient. Allergic contact eczema appears on the area that has come into contact with the allergen, or the object or product that triggered the allergy.
Regular washing is important at every stage of atopic eczema, as cleansing helps prevent infection in your now fragile skin. Always hydrate your skin after every bath or shower: washing and hydrating should go hand in hand.
Every single person with eczema itches. Indeed, the desire to scratch is one of the symptoms. It is hard enough to resist this urge during the day, let alone at night.
We have some tips and tricks on how to scratch less and thus reduce your risk of infection.
This website is funded by the Eczema Foundation, which is a Pierre Fabre Laboratories corporate foundation.
Generally speaking, the sun is your friend if you have eczema. In summer, many see their condition improve on its own.
In some cases, however, the sun may be poorly tolerated and cause you to sweat, which then leads to itching or photosensitivity, or an “allergy to the sun”.
By adopting a few good habits, you can reduce the frequency and severity of atopic eczema flare-ups. You may already be aware of the bathroom habits, but there are other steps you can take around the house as well.
When you apply your cortisone cream (topical corticosteroid) correctly and in sufficient amounts, you can soothe eczema symptoms significantly: reduce itching, sleep better, etc. Follow these tips to maximize their efficacy!
Every year when spring rolls around, many people find themselves struggling with an all-too-common pollen allergy. Pollen is among the environmental factors that may trigger an eczema flare-up in someone with atopy. Pre-existing atopy may also increase the risk of developing a pollen allergy which, similarly to asthma and rhinoconjunctivitis, involves the respiratory tracts.
Winter can often be a delicate period for people with atopic eczema as skin dries out more easily, thus aggravating eczema. A few simple habits can prevent skin dryness and enhance comfort.
The potential psychological impact of atopic eczema must not be underestimated, especially considering the feelings of shame and guilt often associated with the disease.
By adopting a few good habits, patients can live better with eczema at school. Remember that heat, sweat and stress aggravate flare-ups in general. It is also important to continue the same habits practiced at home.
Atopic dermatitis is a complex illness that is closely related to two other conditions, allergic asthma and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. The common factor between these three illnesses, which we call the atopic predisposition, is a predisposition to produce IgE-class antibodies directed against antigens present in the everyday environment. Therefore, a child with atopic dermatitis (eczema in early childhood) is more at risk than another child of going on to develop allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma.
Our skin is in direct contact with our clothes and detergent residue. So, making sure these items are well tolerated when skin is irritable or during flare-ups is just one life-changing habit for people with eczema.
Don’t worry; atopic eczema in no way affects your ability to get vaccinated. The only recommendation is to avoid getting vaccines during a flare-up, as the body is already dealing with those effects.
Whether you want a cat, dog, rabbit or hamster, furry animals can be compatible with atopic eczema in most cases. Simply follow a few precautions, and everything will be fine.
The microbiome, or microbiota, is the current name given to the organisms living on the surface of the skin, in our intestine, our lungs, mouth, and more. We couldn’t survive without this incredible medley of bacteria, viruses and fungi, and vice versa. There are 10 million per cm2 on our skin, and 100,000 billion in a single digestive tract! Our immune system needs these microbiomes in order to function properly.
It therefore makes sense to consider an anomaly or imbalance in the microbiomes in the case of an inflammatory disease like atopic dermatitis, in which the immune systems (innate and adaptive) are a bit overzealous.
September 24, 2020, Korea Gyeong Gi-Do Atopy Asthma Education Information Center hold the Atopy Healing Day sponsored by the ECZEMA foundation.
More than 100 families participated to this online streaming event.
- “Pollution and atopic dermatitis”
- “Eczema due to contact with essential oils”
- “The skin of front-line healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic”
- “Protection against irritation from N95 masks”
- “The pain associated with atopic dermatitis”
- “Preventing eczema in nurses”
- “Sleep disorders and atopic dermatitis”
- “Clinical performance of JAK inhibitors”
For a child dealing with the itching and pain associated with eczema, sophrology can help reach a state of calm and relaxation in the body.
Sophrology was founded by professor and neuro-psychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo.
Rooted in both Western and Eastern practices, the method uses the body and mind to produce therapeutic benefits. It is also seen as a philosophy and way of life.
Broadly speaking, it helps patients reach a state of calm and relaxation in order to promote physical and mental harmony.
Eczema disrupts sleep
Many people with atopic eczema toss and turn and experience poor sleep quality. Poor sleep is actually one of the most common impacts on daily life, with significant ramifications on quality of life. The better your awareness, the better equipped you are to limit its impacts.
lung cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, bladder cancer, risk of cardiovascular diseases, and much more.
Sadly, for those who start, smoking quickly morphs into a powerful addiction that is among the most difficult to quit. Indeed, tobacco is now a major public health concern.
Many people enjoy the numerous benefits of essential oils. Unfortunately, those with eczema are better off avoiding them.
In rare cases, an allergy to the proteins in cow’s milk may be associated with atopic eczema and make symptoms worse. Even then, strong arguments are needed before you can point the finger at a cow’s milk allergy.
Some professionals are more likely to come into contact with products that may cause eczema either because they are irritants or contain allergens. Manual occupations are particularly affected.
Below is a list of the professions most commonly associated with work-related eczema:
- Healthcare personnel: hospital workers, nurses, dentists and dental staff
- Construction workers
- Cleaning personnel
- Metal industry professionals
- Food industry professionals: bakers, cooks
- Florists, gardeners
Atopic eczema is a particularly troublesome disease in daily life and can be made worse by everyday actions that are harmless for most people, such as shaving, and using perfume or deodorant. Here is some advice to help you out, based on my experience at the Nantes School of Atopy.
Atopic dermatitis is not a food allergy, but there may be a connection between the two.
In exploring the topic of “diet and eczema”, we outline three main concepts: food allergies and forbidden foods, unhealthy foods and, in this chapter, a normal diet is sufficient. Also, in conclusion, we discuss helpful foods such as those with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory benefits.
Eczema, complete with itching and its all-too-familiar red patches, can be divided into two main types. They have different causes, they progress differently, and they require slightly different treatments. One is an inflammatory contact reaction, most often due to an allergy, and the other is hereditary. So how can you tell if your eczema is caused by a contact allergy?
Like with all mammals, human babies receive the optimum nutrition from their mother’s milk.
For a variety of reasons, breastfeeding is not always possible, but other options are available to nourish baby.
The concept involves using mammalian milk and modifying it to mimic breast milk as much as possible. Once you learn that cow’s milk enables a calf to gain 360 kg in the span of a year, it is easy to see why it is not quite suited to your baby’s growth. This milk must therefore be modified to remove proteins and fats and add other key elements for our babies. For example, baby formulas are enriched with essential fatty acids to promote good vision and brain development, vitamin D for the bones, and with iron for the immune system.
Put simply, the cow’s milk is modified so that your baby grows like a child and not like a calf!
Gluten is a wheat protein that is difficult to digest.
Wheat has been officially recognized as responsible for:
- allergic diseases: wheat allergy, allergic esophagitis, enteropathy
- auto-immune diseases: celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten ataxia
Each of these diseases presents, in its more advanced form, clinical signs and involves very specific complementary examinations.
The methods of food diversification for babies has changed drastically over the last 50 years in accordance with trends and medical studies, which have been conducted and interpreted with varying degrees of success.
Why do some people get them mixed at times? Because both are skin diseases resulting in redness and itching. When in doubt, consult a doctor, because, while eczema is not contagious, some mycoses are!
Eczema is recognizable primarily by its itchy red patches. This sign is the easiest one to identify. But be careful; other diseases have identical or very similar symptoms!
Below are the diseases most commonly mistaken for eczema: Some are contagious, unlike eczema. So, by identifying them properly, you are helping to stop the spread.
You may have heard seborrheic dermatitis referred to as “cradle cap” in infants. Although it also presents as itchy patches, seborrheic dermatitis is different from eczema.
Most often, the different appearance of the patches and lesions provides a visual distinction. In some cases, however, eczema and psoriasis can be easily confused...
Because scabies causes itching and can resemble certain aspects of eczema (redness and vesicles, lesions from scratching), it is sometimes mistaken for eczema. Confusing the two could have consequences, however, given that scabies, although benign, is contagious.
To enhance the efficacy of cortisone creams, your doctor may prescribe wet-wrapping for a short period of time.
This complementary treatment helps provide soothing relief from even the most intense flare-ups.
Eye eczema may be caused by an allergy, or it could be one of several possible manifestations (along with asthma) of atopy, a genetic hypersensitivity to the environment.
People suffering from eczema have hypersensitive and reactive skin presenting with redness and mild peeling. A suitable hydrating base is thus essential to soften the skin, smooth out scales, and determine make-up quality.
In case of very flaky skin, opt for a balm instead of a cream. Various dermo-cosmetics manufacturers offer a range of skin care and make-up for sensitive skin.
The skin of patients with atopic eczema is drier than normal skin, and, as a consequence, the skin barrier is weakened and more permeable to allergens and irritants. It is therefore recommended to use cosmetics "for sensitive skin" that do not contain the most high-risk allergens, particularly fragrances.
Many atopic patients can use hair care products without any problem.
Nonetheless, if the scalp becomes itchy, it is important to investigate the potential cause.
Tattooing involves using a tattoo machine to prick the skin and inject pigments and dyes in order to create a permanent design. This practice has made a resurgence in the last 20 years or so.
The benefits of regular physical sports activities require no further demonstration, particularly where children and teenagers are concerned. They can be seen in many areas, including physical development, psychological well-being, self-knowledge or relationships with others.
The essentials : t-shirt, shorts, cotton socks, suitable running shoes for athletics, a hat, sunglasses and a soft pure cotton or microfibre towel.
Personal care products and treatments suited to your skin: your shower product, moisturizing cream and sun cream. Do not borrow products from your friends.
The essentials : cotton underwear, shorts, t-shirt, cotton socks, knee pads, elbow pads and wristbands (made of cotton where in contact with the skin). A soft pure cotton or microfibre towel and cotton headband.
Personal care products and treatments suited to your skin – your shower product, moisturizing cream and sun cream. Do not borrow products from friends.
The essentials : depending on the class and type of dance you do, a leotard or t-shirt; tights or dance trousers; dance slippers, dance shoes or socks, etc. If given the option, choose loose clothing that does not stick to the skin and light, natural fabrics, as well as a soft pure cotton or microfibre towel.
The essentials : jersey and shorts, cotton socks, football shoes and shin pads, a soft pure cotton or microfibre towel, and a hat.
Personal care products and treatments suited to your skin – your shower product, moisturizing cream and sun cream. Do not borrow products from friends.
The holidays are on their way and the itch to dive into a pool or the sea is growing. But chlorine and sea salt may irritate dry or atopic skin. With these tips and pointers, you can leave your skin problems behind in the changing room.
Except during periods of flare-up, swimming is not prohibited for people with atopy. Even though the skin stings a little for the first two or three days, regular skin care (such as emollient cream and topical corticosteroids) quickly improve things and so allow the child to fully enjoy water sports.
Indicated to soothe inflammation and to learn how to live better with atopic eczema, hydrotherapy is a complementary treatment which comes highly recommended by those who practice it.
An app is available to help you manage atopic eczema. With PO-SCORAD, monitor the progression of your eczema and share photos with your health care providers. Monitoring your eczema closely may make it easier to treat.