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Eczema and Allergies

Updated on May 7, 2011

Eczema and Allergies

How does eczema and allergies go together? Very well. More often than not, one who suffers from eczema may surely have allergies as eczema is most often an allergic reaction. I have a friend who has a son, who since his birth had severe eczema. He had eczema to the point that his face would crack and bleed and become beet red during flare ups which happened to be more often than him not having a flare up. The doctors did not test him for allergies until he was 2 years old. We’re not sure what took so long but at the end of the day, he was allergic to nuts, bread (the yeast in breads), pets (hair and dander) and the list continued. We think that it took a long time to get him tested because the first belief is that eczema is a seasonal issue and often times it is. Often times the flare ups are due to heat and dryness in the air however stress could be the cause of a break out also. When eczema is allergy related, you have to seriously consider changing your activities and/or habits. The exact cause of eczema is unknown but it is thought to be an over reaction from the immune system to certain triggers one might encounter. Babies are really common sufferers of the disease. Some babies only experience it for a couple weeks or months after births. Other kids will grow out of it by the time they turn two years old and in some kids it lasts a little longer. One of the treatments for eczema that’s related to allergies prescribed by doctors all of the time is Benadryl and Claritin; the children’s version of course. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not, depending on the severity.


Eczema and Allergies

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Eczema and Allergies

As I was saying earlier, my friend’s kid’s bout with eczema due to allergies was so severe that once itching started and the skin began to crack and break and bleed, infection would set in. This was so irritating to the child and disheartening for his mom. Needless to say that at that point, an antibiotic is needed to kill the bacteria. To avoid major headache and heartache, get yourself or your child tested for possible allergies as soon as possible. The sooner you know what your triggers are and if they are as simple as changing what you eat, your surroundings or something similar, you will be well on your way to fewer breakouts. Finding the right solution for your particular case of eczema and allergies can be a daunting task. In some cases, some moms or individuals are able to wait it out until the season changes or a kid grows out of it but others need a more quick resolve. Either way, it is not life threatening and answer is out there, work with your healthcare professional for a plan of action for you.

 

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