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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
What causes allergies? It is not immediate. The body goes through a series of steps, so the allergy builds over time. Here is an easy to understand description how your allergy has developed
It has been reported that people with eczema could be less likely to develop skin cancer.
A study has shown that eczema causes an immune response that causes the body to shed skin cells that could be potentially cancerous.
This study may show there are some good health benefits to having eczema. I have always felt that my eczema may reduce the chance of me developing skin cancer, but for a different reason.
As eczema sufferers we have sensitive skin. If I go out in the sun for a short time without wearing sun screen, I go a little tomato red in colour! So for the majority of time I am wearing high factor sun protection. Which has been recommended for years, to help reduce the damage that the sun can do to our skin.
A little sunshine can help. Alot can have detrimental effects.
You can read an article from Medical News Today, by clicking below
Dr Emma Guttman-Yassley is a dermatologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
She is being credited with research that is said to be ahead of others, in understanding and treating eczema.
She has identified molecules that may cause eczema. This has led her to find medication that could treat it.
Testing is being done on this new medication. It is reported that if testing is successful, the treatment could be available to the public in a few years.
If the testing is successful, this could be hugely important to eczema sufferers. Though as with any reports of research and tests being done, we need to wait to find out how huge it could be.
I will let you know of any updates to this story.
You can read more about it below
An article on Female First has reported that a survey has revealed that the majority of women are embarrassed by their eczema.
The study shows that around 75% of women sufferers feel embarrassed or unattractive by their eczema.
When I was younger I was very self conscious of my eczema. I always kept it covered as much as I could. As I have got older, especially in the last 10 years, I am definitely not as worried about it. The 2 main reasons for that is that I am much better at managing and treating it now. And also that I am just more confident in general. It was important for me to accept my eczema as part of me.
It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, or how old you are, if you have eczema, you may feel self conscious of your skin.
It is so important if your child has eczema to try not to impress any negative feelings about their eczema, on them.
In the future I plan to write some pages about the impact that eczema can have on you, and your child's life. Including the psychological aspects, and ways you can deal with situations at work and school.
I will keep you up to date on here, and let you know of any new pages added to the site.
In the meantime please feel free to contact me and let me know how you have overcome any negative feelings, and how you deal with your child's insecurities. I will share them with other readers.
Using olive oil for skin health has happened for years. For eczema it can improve any dryness and inflammation. Even better it is natural and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction
The makers of the popular Fitbit activity tracker, have recalled their Fitness Force band.
There have been reports of it causing an allergic reaction in some users. This reaction is most likely to be Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
It is not clear why the reaction is occuring. It is thought it could either be the nickel it contains, or adhesives or materials used.
Users that have been affected are able to get a refund for the band.
You can read more about this in this CNN article
Facial Eczema can be very stressful to live with. If you look after it right you can manage and treat it so it does not impact your life in any negative ways
Hand eczema can be irritating, painful and inflamed. With self management and the right treatment, it can be kept under control so it doesn’t have a negative effect on your life
Just a quick message to say Happy New Year to you and your family.
Thank you for following the Eczema Blog, and I hope to hear from you in 2014.
Finding the answer to, what is sodium lauryl sulfate, could help you to find out one of the reasons why your eczema gets dry, itchy and inflamed after using certain products
As Winter appears here in the UK, the heating starts to be put on. At home we have central heating, with radiators in each room.
Like many eczema sufferers, I am finding that the indoor heating is causing havoc with my skin. It feels like it is drying out quicker than I can moisturise it!
To help I have turned the radiator off in my bedroom. At night I was just getting too hot, and itchy. Also having a small window open helped. Though to combat getting cold, I wear cotton pyjamas and have 2 covers on the bed. Then when I get a little warm I can take a cover off.
It's the best way I have found to help limit scratching at night. If you have certain things you do to help you or your child at night, please let me know. I will share them with other readers
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In the US, October is Eczema Awareness Month. I love that they have dedicated a whole month to raising awareness of eczema.
Visit the website and find out how you get involved. They have some great ideas on how you can do something to help, and they will even send you some materials to get you started.
There has been an increase in common food allergies in recent years. The good news is that there is a larger range of foods available that make tasty meals and won't cause a unwanted reaction