Skin IQ (25 of 60) – Why it’s important to treat flare ups of atopic eczema early

November 9, 2011

In general it’s important to get on top of eczema straight away. As soon as you feel the itch or see the rash starting – take action, especially with atopic eczema (dermatitis), which is characterised by flare ups and  itchiness?

Once the itch/scratch cycle begins, secondary infection  of the eczema lesions can occur.  Patients with atopic eczema typically have high counts of Staphylococcus aureus on the skin, both in lesions and unlesioned areas1 and the lesions can become secondarily infected.  This can exacerbate the eczema and make it more challenging to treat.

Tips for preventing flare ups include avoiding overheating, taking lukewarm baths or showers and applying moisturiser after patting skin dry.

Consult your medical practitioner if infection is present or symptoms are severe or you are concerned about the flare ups.

1 Hauser C, Wuethrich B, Matter L, Wilhelm JA. Sonnabend W and Schopfer K. Staphylococcus aureus skin colonisation in atopic dermatitis patients, Dermatologica 1985; 170:35-39

 

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