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Nummular Eczema is characterised by the coin-shaped plaques that are the main symptom. Less is known about the cause and this can make it harder to treat, but not impossible
Alitretinoin is a treatment prescribed for chronic hand eczema. It is effective for some sufferers, but is given with caution by doctors and dermatologists
A company in Allegan, Michigan, has launched a generic version of Protopic ointment, also known as tacrolimus.
Perrigo Co. PLC is marketing a 0.1 percent and a 0.03 percent version of the ointment, which is used to treat moderate to severe eczema.
In a statement, the company has said that shipments have started to pharmacies.
In the last year, the brand sales of Protopic ointment were around $176 million. Having a generic version of the ointment will hopefully mean a more cost effective treatment for eczema sufferers
Asteatotic Eczema affects mainly people over 60. A very dry skin condition, it has a distinctive look. Part of its management is to combat the excessive dryness
A study of 34,500 adults was done. It showed that people with eczema had more than double the risk of a fracture, or bone injury, than people without eczema, reported The New York Times Well blog.
The main author of the report, Dr Jonathan Silverberg, said 'fatigue and sleep deprivation, the use of sedating medicines like antihistamines, could raise the risk of falls'.
Also Dr Silverberg says 'that chronic inflammation is associated with bone loss and increased fracture risk. Also steroid medications, often used for eczema, can weaken bones'.
This is a very interesting study and got me thinking about some of the other reasons that this may occur.
Vitamin D is considered important for bone health, as it helps the body absorb calcium into the body. Calcium is known to be vital for the bones. It is also suggested that eczema sufferers have low levels of vitamin D.
These two facts may suggest a link to the results of this study. Taking a vitamin D supplement may help eczema sufferers. To both help with managing their eczema, and to help with their bone health.
Dead Sea salt benefits your skin, and can help you manage the symptoms of your eczema. Natural and full of minerals, the salt has many great properties
Halloween is a fun time for families. Dressing up, having parties and trick-or-treating. Children particularly love trick or treating.
But if your child suffers from allergies it can become less fun.
A great project has been started by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). It is called The Teal Pumpkin Project.
It is encouraging households to give non-food items out to trick-or-treaters.
The participating households put a teal painted pumpkin their house, as well as putting up a poster, to tell trick-or-treaters that they are only giving out non-food treats.
I think this project is a great idea. It helps to raise awareness of food allergies, and allows children suffering from them to participate in a fun family tradition.
It would be great if communities could get involved and raise awareness of this project.
You can find out more below
As an eczema sufferer you may have eczema on body parts all over. Different parts may require differing treatments and ways to manage it. Learn more about how to deal with eczema on various body parts
Vaginal eczema can be irritating and uncomfortable if you are a sufferer. Learning to manage the condition can help to alleviate your symptoms, making it easier to live
In the UK it is National Eczema Week. It is running from 13 September to 21 September.
There are Helpline live events being held, aswell as other events being run by groups around the UK.
To find out more information about events going on around the country, and ways you can get involved, visit the National Eczema Society.
medcitynews.com, have reported that a company in San Diego, Skylit Medical, are developing a light therapy device, which can be used at home.
Light therapy, or phototherapy, is used in hospitals and specialist clinics, to treat certain skin conditions, including eczema.
The founder of the company suffers from eczema himself. He wanted to invent something that will benefit other eczema sufferers. Making it easier for them to get the light therapy treatment they need, without the time consuming trips to the specialist centres.
Penis Eczema can be sore, itchy and cause the sufferer discomfort. But with the right treatment, and good self management, sufferers will not have to endure any embarrassment or displeasure for long
Borage seed oil contains an amazing amount of GLA, which could make it very beneficial in the management of your eczema, and in the well being of your skin
There has long been a fear of corticosteroid side effects. In recent years it has been realised that these may of been over exaggerated. With proper use and guidance, side effects are rare
In recents reports, it has been said that nickel in several personal electronic devices have triggered nickel allergies.
A recent story seems to confirm these reports.
An 11 year old boy, from San Diego, was treated for an itchy rash, at Rady Children's hospital. The boy's iPad was tested, and was found to contain a chemical compound found in nickel.
After putting a protective case on his iPad, his rash improved.
The iPad was an early model, and it is uncertain if other iPads or Apple devices contain nickel.
It is also uncertain how often this occurs for other nickel allergy sufferers. It is good to be aware of a potential connection.
A hospital in Singapore is running a day camp for children who suffer from eczema.
The KK Women's and Children's Hospital run a one day camp to help children learn about treatment. But even more importantly, to help them deal with the emotional aspects of living with eczema.
The camp allow children and their families to socialise with other sufferers and their families.
I think it is a great idea. It can feel very isolating as a child to feel 'different'. To feel accepted can seem very important to a child. The camp also gets families talking. That support can be so beneficial. It would be great if other camps like this appear internationally.
Foot Eczema can be a painful type of eczema to suffer from. With the right management and the right treatment, you can stay on your feet and enjoy your day
A study in the US has found that parents of children with allergies, are more concerned about milk and egg allergies, than peanut allergies.
Peanut allergies can have severe complications to a sufferer. But parents say that as milk and eggs are contained in so many food products, they are much harder to avoid.
Milk and egg allergies and intolerances can be a real issue for eczema sufferers. Dairy products contain sugar and proteins that can irritate your skin, and make your eczema symptoms worse
You can read more about this, in TIME magazine
An article recently published has talked about the issues that city living eczema sufferers can face on a daily basis.The daily stresses of city life, pollution and the harmful detergents used, are a few of the reasons that may aggravate your eczema.Although there is no way that you can totally avoid the baddies in the environment, you can manage and treat your skin to limit any damage done
A network of allergy clinics, known as AllergyEasy, are using sublingual drops to help reduce food allergies.
Sublingual drops are put under the tongue. Here they are absorbed into the bloodstream through certain cells in the mouth.
Food allergies can trigger the symptoms of eczema. These drops maybe the only other way of helping to reduce food allergies, apart from simply avoiding the offending food.
It will be very interesting to see how effective these drops are