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The itch that rashes!

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Itch–scratch–itch–scratch……..Your young child is scratching constantly!  The areas being scratched are becoming red, dry, cracked and now oozing.  The rash is worsening   This is atopic dermatitis (allergic eczema)!

In this issue of Montana Parent magazine on page 40, , you can find some interesting facts on atopic dermatitis including answers to these questions and more!

How do I know it is eczema?

The rash…

  • itches (especially at night)! If it doesn’t itch, it’s not allergic eczema.
  • is chronic and keeps coming back (relapsing).
  • location depends upon the age of the child.

Other important factors:

  • Family members have asthma, allergies or eczema.
  • Blood level of IgE (allergic antibody) is elevated.

Triggers of Atopic Dermatitis:

  • Abrasive materials, wool and synthetic fabrics such as nylon and dyed fabrics
  • Extreme temperatures and sweat
  • Fragrance (soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, fabric softeners)
  • Allergies (foods, dust mite, pet dander) in about 33% of those with moderate to severe rash
  • Saliva (from drooling) and prolonged exposure to water.

At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we can assist in finding relief for your child through:

  • Identify the triggers to decrease and prevent flares
  • Control skin inflammation (redness, swelling) and heal the skin to prevent thickening
  • Relieve itching.
  • Treat and prevent skin infections
  • Prevent new rash from occurring.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.

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