Tag Archives: atopic dermatitis

ECZEMA: DAILY “SOAK AND SMEAR” OR STEER CLEAR?

FCAAIA Notes: There are many types of “eczema” so the term is more a description, than a diagnosis.  Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the type of eczema studied in this paper. AD is among other things a condition involving water loss … Continue reading

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DOES FOOD ALLERGY CAUSE ATOPIC DERMATITIS?

FCAAIA Notes: Frankly, I don’t know anyone who has ever said that food allergy causes atopic dermatitis (AD).  However, it is correct that food allergy often triggers AD flares (just as tree pollen doesn’t cause asthma or allergies, but it … Continue reading

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SPECIFIC ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF ATOPIC ECZEMA

FCAAIA Notes: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is not an indication for allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) because there are not enough data to prove its efficacy for the condition.  However, many patients with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma (which ARE indications for allergy … Continue reading

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GUIDELINES DESCRIBE USE OF PROBIOTICS IN PREVENTING ALLERGIC DISEASES

FCAAIA Notes: The best data on probiotics and allergic disease probably apply to atopic dermatitis and food allergy in infancy.  Unfortunately, while there are some studies indicating some benefits, none have been so conclusive that it is a recommendation we … Continue reading

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‘HYPOALLERGENIC’ LABELS MAY NOT BE ACCURATE

FCAAIA Notes: “Hypoallergenic.”  What does it mean?  As shown in this article, not much. The Food and Drug Administration has never defined it, so any company may use it in any manner it chooses. Therefore, it appears the label often … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF EVIDENCE FOR DIETARY INFLUENCES ON ATOPIC DERMATITIS

FCAAIA Notes: This is an up to date and thorough review of the immunologic and clinical features of atopic dermatitis (AD) and dietary issues related to AD.  It is thought that about 1/3 or more of infants and toddlers with … Continue reading

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VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION IMPROVED WINTER AD IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: Here we are again with another article indicating potential benefits of vitamin D. I can think of several reasons why atopic dermatitis might worsen in the winter and this article adds another.  Vitamin deficiency has been associated with … Continue reading

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PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS IN PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGY AND ECZEMA

FCAAIA Notes: The microbiome (the bacteria that live in and on us) has been a recent hot topic of research.  You may have seen the New York Times Magazine a couple months ago about it.  The microbiome probably affects far … Continue reading

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POSSIBLE COAL TAR THERAPY MECHANISM FOR ECZEMA IDENTIFIED

FCAAIA Notes:  Our understanding of the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD) has grown tremendously over the last several years.  It is evident that this disease results from abnormal barrier function in the skin.  Filaggrin had come to light as an … Continue reading

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ECZEMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD IS STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ASTHMA AND RHINITIS IN A PROSPECTIVE COHORT

FCAAIA Notes: The observation that infants and toddlers with atopic dermatitis (eczema) frequently develop allergic airway disease (asthma and nasal allergies) even as their skin disease improves in pre- and early school years is not a new one. That the … Continue reading

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