It's easy to say, "Don't scratch." Getting your child with eczema to listen to you is another story. But a little creativity can help keep your kid's fingers away from the itchy rash.
"The trouble with scratching is that it can actually make the condition worse," says Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, chief
Is your baby scratching all day from an eczema rash? Don't despair. Try these strategies to soothe the itchy skin.
Baths add moisture to dry skin and get rid of surface bacteria that can cause skin infections. Use fragrance-free, mild soaps or soapless cleansers made for sensitive skin. Bathe your b
Don't let your home be a trigger for an eczema flare in your child. There are lots of ways to keep everyday household items from setting off an itchy rash.
When you have a child with eczema, you need to set up an allergy-free home -- from the ceiling down to the floors. All-cotton carpets or plain h
When your child with eczema is in day care or school, you won't have the same control over his environment as you do at home. But there are still plenty of steps you can take to prevent itchy flares and other problems while your child is out of the house.
When choosing a day-care center, you first w
When your baby has eczema, you may start wondering if that itchy rash is related to your feeding style. Is breastfeeding to blame? Or the solid foods you just introduced? Some simple tips can help you get your baby off to a healthy start.
Breastfeeding is always best, experts say. Breast milk gives
Think of eczema as a skin allergy, one where your skin's barrier is weak or damaged from environmental or genetic factors. Symptoms include intense itching, often at night, plus inflammation, dry skin, and rash. About 1 in 10 children have eczema. Fortunately most kids outgrow it, though there is a
Keeping a healthy weight can help you manage your psoriasis. It can also lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are more common when you have this skin condition. Here's what you can do to manage your weight.
Experts recommend a heart-healthy diet. Follow these guidelines: Eat lots of
You can reduce flare-ups by learning the triggers that make your psoriasis worse. Follow these tips to help manage them and keep your skin condition under control.
This is one of the most common triggers, says Colby Evans, MD, a dermatologist and chair-elect of the board of directors of the National
Winter can trigger psoriasis flares, but you have many ways to combat the drying effects of cold temps and indoor heating. Smooth on moisture. Keep your skin moist to ease redness and itching, and heal psoriasis patches. The thicker the cream or ointment, the better it is at locking water into your
Warm weather often spells relief from psoriasis. Sunlight helps reduce skin patches, and higher humidity relieves dry skin. Yet spring and summer can also make you anxious about showing more bare skin when you have psoriasis. Use these tips to make the most of balmy days.
Sunlight is the top reason