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Childhood Eczema Often Persists Into Adulthood

There are steps people can take to reduce or ease flare-ups, experts say

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Another expert said there are things children and parents can do to minimize outbreaks.

"Children with eczema and their caregivers must pay special attention to their skin and be sure to adequately hydrate with the right ingredients, such as ceramides, that genetically may be lacking in their skin," said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Proper skin care must persist even during times when the eczema is under control," she added. "Stress management is also especially important in this particular group as stress may be a particularly important trigger for this condition."

Zeichner agreed that "eczema continues to be a therapeutic challenge for dermatologists, as we don't have a cure. The goal of treatment is to maintain long-term remissions, prevent flares, and manage symptoms like itching."

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