Eczema Bulletin, Issue #032 - Eczema and Rosacea
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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes
- March's Featured Article – Eczema and Rosacea
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 Ways To.....manage eczema in pregnancy
Eczema and Rosacea
There are a few similarities between eczema and rosacea.
The main symptoms of both are the red, inflamed looking skin. They can both feel itchy and irritated. One way to know if it's not rosacea is that rosacea mainly appears on the face. It can appear on the neck and torso but in the majority of cases it is on the face.
As well as the skin looking red there may also be some acne like pimples. It can also cause dry eyes, that become itchy, so avoid rubbing or scratching your eyes.
Eczema tends to first appear in sufferers when they are babies or young children. Rosacea isn't generally seen in infants, its actually rare in children. It leaves it later in life to appear, mainly in people aged over 30.
There are a few triggers that can cause both eczema and rosacea to flare up. These include very hot or cold temperatures, stress, alcohol and certain foods, like dairy products.
One reason to make sure that the condition is diagnosed
correctly is that certain medications can make the symptoms of rosacea worse. One medication that does that is topical steroids, one of the main eczema treatments. So if you mis-diagnose your rosacea for eczema and use a steroid cream, you could make the symptoms worse.
If you want treat rosacea then using an antibiotic can help. A topical or oral antibiotic are one of the first line treatments. You may also be prescribed an oral or cream anti-inflammatory. The treatment you'd be given would depend on what symptoms you have and how severe it is.
There is no known reason why rosacea develops in some people and not in others. Like eczema there are a few suggestions of the cause but it seems there isn't just one answer.
Eczema News Article
A research institute in Milan have done a study on 451 patients with atopic dermatitis diagnosed in early childhood.
It has been found that when a baby is weaned, introduced to solid foods, at 4 or 5 months old, then the risk of developing atopic dermatitis drops. They found this was true whether the child's family had a history of allergies, on not.
There has never been a definite answer for parents on the best way to reduce the risk of atopic dermatitis developing. This is especially true with the best way to feed your baby. Hopefully more studies like this will help parents decide the best way to go.
Tip Of The Month - What is Lanolin?
Whenever you look on the internet for information on how lanolin affects eczema you normally find two very differing views on it.
Lanolin is a greasy, yellow substance that is extracted from the wool of sheep. It is made up of esters, fatty acids and alcohols. After it has been extracted it goes through some processes to remove any pesticides and allergens. It is then tested to make sure that it is safe to use. Though if you have really sensitive skin then you may still find it irritates your skin.
While the sheep is still wearing it's woolly coat the lanolin helps to protect the sheep from extreme weather and acts like a waterproof barrier.
When it is used on our skin as an ointment, or when added to beauty products, it can be a great emollient. It can help stop the skin from losing water and can make the skin soft. Alot of people, eczema sufferers included, say that lanolin is beneficial for their skin and helps to keep it smooth and soft.
Lanolin is probably no different to most other ways of managing and treating eczema. Some people they suit, and for others it can make the symptoms worse. Though if you have an allergy to wool then lanolin is definitely something to steer clear of.
As with all treatments, if you decide to try it place a little bit on a small area of skin to see if any irritation or inflammation occurs. If there is, stop using it.
I'd love to hear your experiences of lanolin. Does it help you to manage your eczema, or did it make your symptoms worse.