Elbow Eczema: Symptoms, Treatments

Elbow fold eczema: atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis?

the bend of the elbow is a frequent location of the’fold eczema† So he hits the kneethe pinthe wrist and the elbow secure.

“Elbow eczema is a localization that mainly affects children from the age who can walk,” explains Dr. Solange Moore, pediatrician at the Polyclinic du Parc in Saint Saulve. Adults are also sometimes affected. †

Eczema of the elbow folds is one of the localization of the atopic dermatitis or constitutional eczema.

What is Atopic Dermatitis?

It is about a chronic inflammatory skin disease which develops in sprints. It occurs as favorable genetic ground the onset of allergies due to exposure to various allergens like the pollenthe animals… “There are families where we find atopic dermatitis,asthmaby hay fever “Warns the pediatrician. Indeed, it is estimated that between 50 and 70% of children with atopic eczema to have a mother, father, sister or brother who is affected.

Will elbow eczema go away?

Good news ! This eczema tends to disappear gradually. † Its frequency decreases significantly with puberty where there is alone 20% young people who suffer from it, then again between 4 and 5% in adulthood ‘ the doctor reassures.

“It is characterized by inflammatory lesionsreditchysometimes seepon the level of elbow folds », Details the pediatrician.

These lesions can superinfectsr because, when the itch intense, the child will scratch through these clothes. The lesions may also thicken, become dry. They are then lichenified.

Can this eczema be prevented?

Several things can be done to reduce the risk of developing a atopic eczema or at least limit the number and intensity of crises.

Choose the breast instead of the bottle

“It is imperative, if possible, to give preference to breastfeeding over the bottle of infant milk,” recommends Dr. Moore on.

A 2019 study by researchers at the Children’s National Health System shows the benefit of: exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first three months of life. The latter limits the risk of major flare-ups of eczema.

Prefer clothes made of natural materials

” De oldest boy is irritating and can itch, so it’s best to avoid it,” advises Dr. Moore. For children with eczema, we prefer natural materials such as: cotton† “And for the underwearworn next to the skin, we also prefer the White instead of colors,” adds the doctor. The less the clothing is colored, the smaller the chance of allergies.

And for the rest of the clothing, we check the labels when purchasing and opt for natural materials there too: cotton, linensilk

Perform a double rinse

The French Eczema Association recommends the following advice:

• Prioritize the machine wash who is leaving? less laundry stains then done by hand.

Wash at 30 or 40 degrees

• Choose hypoallergenic cleansers and suitable for babies. Their formula is safer.

• Use detergent safely small amount of

Do not overload the machine! to improve rinsing.

• Schedule a double flush if possible on the machine. This action makes it possible to perfectly remove traces of detergent from the laundry.

Avoid pets

If before the birth of a child there was already a dog, cat, rabbit or hamster in the house, there is no question of getting rid of it.

“On the other hand, if there were no pets, we wouldn’t bring them into the house with a child suffering from eczema,” advises Dr. Moore.

What precautions should be taken if the animal is already there? Think of daily vacuuming † ideal, prevent the pet from accessing the nurserythink of brush the dog or cat several times a month and preferably outdoors.

A number of matters need to be arranged, both in the field of hygiene and in the field of care.

A shower instead of a bath

“It’s better to have a quick shower, instead of a bath for her child, the pediatrician recommends. And once a dayr except is enough. » We prefer to choose a syndet (dermatological bar or liquid gel), without soap or perfume.

In case of sports practice have lead to sweatshower immediately after, sweating may get worse or have a flare-up ofeczema

After taking a shower we also think about dry the child wellespecially at the folds, and by dabbing the skin with a towel and not rubbing it.

Hydrate the skin

Daily it is important to moisturize the skin well with a soothing cream apply between once and twice a day.

During crises, thehydration of the skin with an emollient cream is not enough.

“It is then necessary to use a topical corticosteroid cream,” explains the doctor.

The concentration varies according to the age of the child. The cream treatment topical corticosteroids should be continued until the complete disappearance of the eczema flare-up.

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Biotherapy: a new treatment for eczema

“For severe cases of eczema in adults that do not respond to conventional treatments based on topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, hospital teams offer biotherapy treatment, under special prescription only,” explains Dr. Moore.

The latter is practiced by subcutaneous injection every 15 days for several months.

Biotherapy is a treatment of biological origin: based on DNA, cells, proteins, antibodies, with the aim of blocking the inflammation associated with eczema.

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