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Atopic dermatitis

It’s hard enough as it is for a woman to carry a child for 9 months and go through the labor of childbirth, but imagine if after all that, they find that their child is born with a bright red, itchy rash all over his or her face, arms, and legs. Imagine the pain she must feel to see her newborn baby crying because of the irritation all across his or her body. Truly it’s a painful thing to watch.

In cases like these, the chances of this rash being Atopic dermatitis are very high, and it is highly recommended to consult an expert as soon as possible. If these conditions continue or reappear later in the child’s life, the conditions could worsen, with thick scaly skin around the joints, neck, and forehead. After puberty, a second round could turn into eczema and even cause gangrene infection, affecting their self esteem and/or their ability to focus academically. As adults, this can increase their risk of hepatitis.

Eliminating irritation is the first priority

While the pathology of Atopic dermatitis is still not known for certain, it can be categorized under similar skin disorders such as eczema or systemic lupus. For example, a mother with a family history of allergic rhinitis or asthma is likely suffering from dermatitis, and is likely to pass along her conditions her child.

The treatment of Atopic dermatitis basically starts with eliminating the aggravating factors of allergens. Whatever is irritating the skin, hether it is sweat, saliva, beauty products, or environmental factors, these must be removed. In addition, one can administer certain drugs such as antihistamines, sedatives, immunosupressants, steroids, and antibiotics depending on the severity of the inflammation. Adrenocortical hormones can also administered orally, but should only be used for short term periods, as serious side effects can occur over prolonged usage.

Patients with Atopic dermatitis should do what they can to maintain moisture in their skin, especially in dry environments.

They should avoid using soap as much as possible and always use moisturizer after bathing that contains the oils necessary to maintain moisture in the skin. These days, mink oil is a very effective moisturizer that goes deep into the skin and helps clean and regenerate skin at the same time, providing a very therapeutic effect.

In addition, certain tar extracts, steroids, or gel products, can be administered to the skin as a type of lubricant.

Thymopentin (the result of thymus activating with pentapeptide) can also be adminstered by injecting mature T-lymphocytes subcutaneously with interferon gamma (INF-γ) and immunoglobulin(globulin). While this kind of immunotherapy can be effective, the results are still being researched and require further data.

Ultraviolet therapy (UVB or PUVA) can also be an alternative treatment if the patient’s condition is not responding to other methods.

The Importance of having a Multi-method Approach

Stellate ganglionic block therapy has recently been rekindling interest as a possible treatment for Atopic dermatitis. It can inhibit the excitement of the sympathetic nervous system and normalize the immune response that induces itching. Patients with Atopic dermatitis in clinical studies showed very good results in terms of reduced itching and skin inflammation. In patients over 5 or 6 years of age, symptoms were reduced and effective over recurrent incidences.

Chinese herbal medicines are also considered to be a effective for treating atopic dermatis, especially after as it is now produced under modern medical guidelines to avoid causing allergic reactions or other health factors.

Atopic eczema serums contain linoleic acid with high gamma (γ) levels of about 10%, which can be very effective in treating the condition. In addition, because breast milk also contains a significant amount of linolenic acid, breastfeeding can help prevent in some degree the onset or aggravation of Atopic dermatitis. Vitamin therapy includes vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and vitamin B complexes with yeast. Nutritional therapy includes zinc (Zn), calcium (Ca), biotin, flavonoids, and sometimes prescription lecithin, such as cod liver oil.

Oriental medicine associates itchy skin with lung function, emanating from a deep pain or radiating that is localized or embedded in the lungs, therefore creating medicines that will soothe the source of the “fire” and in turn reduce inflammation on the skin.