Are you treating eczema the RIGHT way?
Most people are not treating eczema correctly!
The result is that either your or your child are not feeling as good as they can! Odds are, you or your child’s eczema is not optimally controlled, is requiring more steroid, and is costing you more money in unnecessary prescriptions. I will cover the tips and tricks to treating eczema the right way. Your job is just to help yourself or your child feel better!
Treating eczema the right way is complicated.
As a result, most people I see have a partial (at best) plan for treating eczema. That bothers me. You deserve better than partial management.
My oldest son is five and has suffered from eczema… so I know (and want to teach you) all the nuances we needed to get good control of his skin.
I have also seen quite a few itchy, rashy kids with horrible eczema. Most come to see me after months and months of no relief and, after we come up with a good treatment plan, get better quickly. I want this for you and your family too!
There is no excuse for uncontrolled eczema!
Background and Different Types of Eczema
One of the confusing parts of eczema is that the term, in general, just means “red, itchy, irritated skin.”
(Not to be confused with dermatitis, which means “red, irritated skin that may or may not be itchy”… because medical terms aren’t confusing enough already, RIGHT?!)
As a result, there are many different types of eczema. Some of the more common types of eczema are:
- Atopic dermatitis (allergic eczema)
- Dishydrotic eczema
- Psoriatic eczema
- Nummular eczema
- Winter Itch (is a type of eczema)
- Hand eczema / hand dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- and on and on it goes. Seriously. It’s absurd.
In the allergy world we are usually referring to the atopic dermatitis type of eczema (also known as allergic eczema), although all types of eczema share similar treatments.
Treating Eczema by trying to find eczema triggers
Most people want to treat eczema by “finding the cause and fixing it.” This might also be how you are approaching eczema, and is very common.
We tend to believe that our kid’s eczema must have something that is causing it.
We want to believe that if we find the cause, we can FINALLY help our kids stop being so itchy and uncomfortable!
That’s what a good parent would do… right??!!
I agree… sort of.
It is important to find the eczema triggers because triggers often make it harder to treat eczema. Unidentified eczema triggers make it so we need to use higher doses of steroid creams.
And identifying and removing an eczema trigger WILL make your child’s eczema much better!
In fact, finding eczema triggers is so important that I am writing a whole article dedicated to the triggers of eczema!
But treating eczema by removing eczema triggers is step #2… not step #1.
Because eczema triggers are NOT the underlying CAUSE of eczema.
Treating eczema the right way
The underlying cause of eczema is inflammation.
No matter the type of eczema, the problem is the same:
Eczema is always a skin condition.
Inflammation of the skin, to be precise.
An eczema trigger makes it worse, and makes it harder to treat, but the skin condition exists with or without triggers.
Treating the skin is the TOP PRIORITY.
I would estimate that about 50% (maybe more) of eczema kids I’ve seen are not adequately treating the skin itself.
Again, finding the eczema trigger is important but treating the skin properly is MORE important.
To help you treat eczema as good as possible, I have created a small series with each step of my usual treatment plan.
- First, treat the skin. Getting control of the skin is a top priority.
- Second, identify triggers (which make it easier to treat the skin)
- Third, reduce skin treatment to the lowest amount needed
- Fourth, identify “flare up” periods and risk factors and get ahead of eczema.
This is a good eczema plan.
Unfortunately, this plan is rarely followed and when it is, it is not followed strongly enough. I work to fix that with each and every eczema patient I encounter.Is your child's eczema being treated the RIGHT way? Read this article to see if you're right.Click To Tweet