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Eczema - Dermatitis

The term eczema is a generic term that includes several diseases all characterized by an inflammatory process that affects the upper portion of the skin. The disease evolves from acute forms with redness and blisters into forms with chronic dry skin. The itching is a constant symptom. The main varieties of eczema are: - atopic dermatitis or constitutional eczema - contact allergic dermatitis eczematosa - seborrheic dermatitis - dyshidrotic eczema.

My wife has a case of dyshidrotic eczema since 3 years. I would like know if and how it is possible to treat.

We aren't yet able to heal dyshidrotic eczema, but we can improve the case when it returns, typically in the summer. Therapies are based on antihistaminic per os, corticosteroids and/or antibiotics creams depending on clinical situation. Don't be discouraged, because it shouldn't recur every year! Dr. Anna Di Landro - GISED

My daughter is 18 years old, has a case of asthma and since about one year has been affected by eczema extended over most of the body and that causes major problems (she cannot sleep, etc ...). It's needless to point out that these problems create considerable difficulties in study and in carrying out the normal activities of common life. We tried with creams and ointments of all kinds, both homeopathic and other (we almost always avoided the cortisone), but without effect or even worse. The tests indicate some food intolerances and allergies (such as cat hair, etc. ...). The suspension for certain periods of food which is intolerant (milk, yeast ...) has not led to significant improvements. We ask if for these problems can be useful to contact one of your centres. Thank you in advance for your reply.

The illness of her daughter corresponds to an atopic dermatitis or constitutional eczema according to the old term. Unfortunately, cortisone is now a therapeutic cornerstone and I do not understand why, if necessary, as in the case of her daughter, there's all this fear from the family. Emollient creams, etc…are helpful. Other therapeutic possibility, but for more serious cases, is cyclosporine, a drug even stronger than the first: certainly a good antihistaminic. Even the combination of old and new drugs might help to ease the itching and improve the clinical picture. Do not be discouraged, but you put in the hands of an expert that can help you to get over this critical period. Best Regards Dr. Anna di Landro - GISED

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