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Eczema Bulletin, Issue #009 - You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema
April 01, 2014

Eczema Bulletin, Issue #009 - You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema

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This is the 9th edition of Eczema Bulletin. It will bring you articles and news about eczema, and also any updates to If you would like to add any suggestions for articles or news, or even add your own then I would love to hear from you

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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes

  • April's Featured Article – You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema
  • My favourite eczema news article
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 Ways To.....swim comfortably with eczema

Featured Article - You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema

This month's article is inspired by a message I received through the website. It was from a lady who is in her seventies. She first got eczema in May 2012.

It is often thought that eczema first occurs in childhood. Sometimes in later life it rears it's itchy head.

The four main types of eczema that can occur in later years are

You can click on the links to find out more about each of these types of eczema.

The symptoms can start because of genetics, or any exposure to allergens and irritants.

As we get older, changes in our skin can make us more prone to eczema. Our skin becomes thinner. It also becomes rough and dry, causing it to lose it's elasticity. This can cause breaks to occur, allowing allergens and irritants into the skin.

The best way to deal with eczema in older people is prevention. Keeping the skin moisturised. Some people may need help to apply creams or lotions. This is where problems may start.

If someone doesn’t have anyone to help, the condition may get worse. It may also mean that the sufferer may not be able to get to their doctor, to get the proper advice and treatments.

If you have an older relative that you suspect may have eczema, or if you are older yourself, then a visit to the doctor is vital. You can get a proper diagnosis. If it is eczema you can find out which type it is, how to treat it, then how to manage it.

Eczema News Article

An Australian mum has produced a new, innovative sleeping bag. It has been specially designed to help children with eczema to have a better night's sleep.

This sleeping bag is made from natural bamboo and organic cotton. Neither of them irritate eczematous skin. It is also designed in a way that protects the skin from scratching.

It has benefited many families all over the world.

If you would like to find out more, visit to read more on this news story

Tip Of The Month - Avoiding Monosodium Glutamate

MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, is a flavouring enhancer added to some foods. It has been reported for a while that it can cause allergic reactions in some people.

One of the reasons for this tip is because a few years ago I found out that I had an intolerance to MSG. It was also suggested to me that it may make my eczema symptoms worse. I wasn’t really sure what it was in, so decided to do a bit of research.

I found it was commonly used in numerous foods

  • Chinese takeaway
  • Chain restaurant and fast food
  • Convenience frozen foods, including fish fingers and pizzas
  • Processed snacks, including crisps, or potato chips
  • Fermented foods, like soy sauce and aged cheese

Some companies have stopped using MSG in their products.

In Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, companies are required to say if their products contain it. So if you want to avoid MSG, check the labels, or look to find which companies don’t use it.

Eating out maybe a little harder. A lot of places would probably be unsure if their food contains monosodium glutamate or not.

After doing some research I realised that after eating Chinese takeaway, my skin felt itchier, and looked a little inflamed. It maybe a coincidence, but I decided to try and avoid MSG. Though I love fish fingers and crisps, so it isn’t completely out of my life! I just keep an eye on my skin to make sure that I don’t get a severe reaction to anything.

Do you have a tip you would like to share? Let me know :)

5 Ways To.......swim comfortable with eczema

1. Speak to your doctor. The first thing you should do before you go to the pool. If your eczema is mild and managed they are quite likely to say it is safe to go. If your eczema is severely inflamed or infected then they may recommend that would be better off waiting until it has improved. There is the worry that the water and disinfectant may do more harm

2. Moisturise. A favourite recommendation on my lists! It is so vital. Moisturise before you go swimming. Use a chemical free emollient. Allow around 10 minutes for it to absorb into the skin before getting into the pool. When you have finished swimming, shower straight away. Wash everywhere thoroughly, including your hair and scalp. Then moisturise again. Allow time for it to absorb again, before putting your clothes on

3. Use latex free swimming gear. Some pieces used when swimming can contain latex. These include swimwear, googles and caps. Look for swimwear made without natural rubber. You can also buy goggles and caps made of silicone or vinyl

4. Build up the length of time you spend in the pool. When you first go swimming it is a good idea not to spend too much time in the water. This may cause a reaction to your eczema. You could start off with 15 minutes, then see how your skin looks and feels. It may not react immediately, so keep an eye on it. If you are happy with 15 minutes, then you could increase it by 5 minutes the next time. However much time you decide to swim for, always shower and moisturise afterwards

5. Check which disinfectant is used. There are 2 main disinfectants used in public swimming pools
  • Chlorine. Used in most pools. It is less likely to cause a skin reaction. Though it may in some people
  • Bromine. Used in some pools. It is more likely to cause a skin reaction
You can contact your local pool and ask them for details of the disinfectant used. They don’t have to tell you, but if you explain your situation they may be more likely to tell you. They would not want to lose a customer!

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The May edition of Eczema Bulletin will include

  • May's Featured Article – Breastfeeding and Eczema
  • My favourite news item of the month
  • Tip of the Month
  • 5 ways to.....add essential fatty acids to your body

Hope you enjoyed April's Eczema Bulletin, and thanks for reading


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