HOLLYWOOD, FL.In preparation for National Eczema Month in October,Minars Dermatology,is promoting awareness of the disease, symptoms and treatments.
More than 30 million Americans are affected by eczema, a synonym for dermatitis, which simply means “inflammation of the skin”.While there are eight different types of eczema, the term is often used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis.
Atopic dermatitis is part of the “atopic triad” which also includes asthma and allergic rhinitis, which are seasonal allergies. Some patients have two or all three of these conditions. Atopic Dermatitis is diagnosed clinically based on personal, family history and physical exam. Allergy testing including pinprick test, blood allergen tests and patch testing can be helpful in certain cases but are not routinely done.
“Treating eczema in both adults and children is one of our office specialties,” explained Dr. Norman Minars, Founder of Minars Dermatology. “We hope by raising awareness, we can give hope for those who have eczema and those who care for them.”
Eczema treatment consists of using theright products, appropriate topical steroids, treatment of bacterial colonization of the skin and avoidance of scratching among others. If one topical steroid does not work, there are many others including, Eucrisa,the first and only non-steroidal topical monotherapy, that inhibits the PDE-4 enzyme in the skin.
Minars suggests a number of proven treatments worth trying in addition to medications. To avoid a flare up, patients should take one short bath or shower daily in lukewarm water. He also suggests avoiding scrubbing and unnecessary use of soap while keeping skin hydrated by moisturizing several times a day.Some patients find hypoallergenic detergents like Tide Free best for severe eczema patients. Fabric softeners, including dryer sheets, should be avoided. Interestingly, dark dye in clothing can exacerbate eczema so wearing dark clothes should be avoided.For flare ups, try a bleach bath. This does not take the place of topical steroids, but can help quite a bit.
About Minars Dermatology
Located in Hollywood, FL, Minars Dermatology was established in 1976 by Dr. Norman Minars. His son, Dr. Todd Minars, joined the practice in xxx and together they have set a standard for unparalleled excellence in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology care. For more information, please call 954.987.7512 or visit www.minarsdermatology.com