Cairo - Researchers have revealed that vitamin D supplementation eased the symptoms experienced by children with severe atopic dermatitis or eczema -- a condition wherein patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, cracked and rough.
The study, published in the journal Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, aimed to evaluate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on response to standard treatment in pediatrics with severe atopic dermatitis.
"Vitamin D supplementation could be an effective adjuvant treatment that improves the clinical outcomes in severe atopic dermatitis," said study authors from Mansoura University in Egypt.
Investigators reported on the results of 86 patients with the inflammatory skin condition who completed the trial and received either oral daily vitamin D or placebo, in addition to standard care, for 12 weeks.
The findings showed that oral Vitamin D supplement reduced the skin colonization and demonstrated clinical improvement in children with moderate eczema.
Similarly, oral Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to improve winter-related atopic dermatitis symptoms.
One limitation of the study is that the study population was comprised of patients with limited ethnic diversity, potentially restricting its generalizability. Future studies on more diverse populations are needed.
Another limitation, lack of data from other important domains, such as patient reported outcomes.
In conclusion, the study suggests that oral daily Vitamin D supplement might provide clinical improvement in children with severe atopic dermatitis.
"More investigations are needed to reveal factors associated with superior clinical outcomes in some supplemented patients," the study authors wrote. (IANS)
Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated. It causes an itchy feeling on the surface of the skin, followed by a rash. The area in appears dry and scaly, the skin turns reddish.
Staying indoors during the summer is helpful for Eczema patients as heat and sweat trigger the problem. But it is also important to maintain hygiene and prevent outbreaks even while being indoors.
A sudden Eczema flare-up could be a difficult situation to deal with especially when access to doctors is limited and visiting clinics is not recommended unless absolutely required.
Dr Kiran Godse, Consultant Dermatologist, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, shares a few tips to avoid Eczema flare up in summer.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking water frequently is recommended for good skin and health. Water flushes out the toxins from the body, which can otherwise upset or irritate delicate skin. It's important to drink plenty of water to not only stay hydrated but also avoid skin outbreaks.
Keep your skin moisturised
Dry skin is the most common trigger for Eczema flares. Make sure you follow a daily moisturizing routine. Choose products that are fragrance-free and dye-free, more greasy than creamy. The best way to lock the moisture in the skin is applying a thick layer of moisturizer within a few minutes of taking shower. Apply at night before sleeping as well.
Wear loose, breathable clothes
With the summer setting in, it is preferable to wear loose clothing regardless of an Eczema flare. Tight clothes irritate the skin by sticking to the surface and increasing the body temperature, making you prone to a flare-up. Wear breathable fabrics, pay attention to the colour of your apparel. Dark colours attract more heat while synthetic fabric causes skin irritation, making your skin extra sensitive and triggering an Eczema flare.
Do not scratch
Scratching your skin makes the problem will worsen as it breaks the top layer of the skin, causing bacterial infections and worsening the Eczema. Opt for a cool compress to be placed on the area to minimize the itchiness and provide relief from aggravation.
Keep the skin clean
While most of us maintain basic hygiene practices, it becomes even more important in warmer months when your body sweats the most. Taking a bath daily helps clear the bacteria from skin. It also washes away the accumulated sweat and dust on the surface of the skin. Wash the body and infected area with a mild soap with no fragrances, harsh chemicals or dyes. Also, make sure to change your clothes twice daily.
Follow the prescribed treatment: Eczema has no permanent cure, but it can be treated through proactive measures and following the treatment prescribed by your dermatologist. As prescribed by your doctor, creams and ointments may be used to ease the itchiness when experiencing a flare-up. (Agency)
London- Researchers have found that using daily moisturisers on newborn babies cannot prevent eczema as previously thought.
Eczema is a very common skin problem affecting around one in five children in the UK. It usually starts in infancy, and a generally dry skin is often one of the first symptoms in babies who go on to develop the condition.
"Much progress has been made in recent years on the treatment of severe eczema, but the goal of preventing eczema from developing in the first place remains elusive," said study lead author Hywel Williams from University of Nottingham in the UK.
According to the researchers, it is thought that a faulty skin barrier could be the first step in the development of eczema. Moisturisers improve skin barrier function by providing a covering to the outermost layer of skin and trapping in water.
Some healthcare workers recommend that parents regularly use moisturisers to prevent eczema in newborn babies.
The aim of the Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (BEEP) study was to determine whether such advice had any impact on preventing the development of eczema.
For the findings, published in the journal The Lancet, the research team looked at 1394 newborn babies who were born to families with eczema, asthma or hayfever.
The babies were randomly split into two groups. One group was advised to apply moisturiser all over their babies every day until their first birthday.
The other group was asked not to use moisturiser. Both the groups were given general skin care guidance.
The study found no evidence that the daily use of moisturiser during the first year of life could prevent eczema in the studied children.
There was however, a small increase in the risk of skin infections.
The results also showed early indications that daily use of these creams may increase the risk of food allergy.
"Whilst this is disappointing for sufferers who thought that was an option for their children, we can now recommend that this advice is not given to parents and begin looking at what other possible preventative options there may be," Williams said.
"It is important not to confuse our study on moisturisers for eczema prevention with the use of moisturisers for people who have eczema, where the evidence of benefit is much greater," Williams added. (IANS)
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त्वक शोथ - पामा - एक्जिमा (Dermatitis - Eczema)
यह एक बेहद सामान्य त्वचा विकार है जिसमें रोगी की त्वचा में बहुत छोटे चकत्ते या उभार निकल आते हैं, इनमें अधिकांशतः जलन (दाह) व खुजली (कण्डु) बहुत अधिक मात्रा में होती है। यह समस्या अधिकतर शरीर के खुले हिस्सों जैसे चेहरा, हाथ व पैर के खुले भाग, गर्दन व पीठ के ऊपर के हिस्सों में अधिक होती है। इसके अधिकांशतः सामान्य कारण निम्न होते हैं:
एक्जिमा के कारण - Eczema Causes in Hindi
1. परिवार में किसी को यह समस्या होने पर (पारिवारिक इतिहास)
2. किसी दवा की एलर्जी से
3. पाचन से सम्बंधित समस्या विशेषकर अजीर्ण या विबंध होने पर
4. धूप से एलर्जी होने पर
5. व्याधिक्षमत्व का क्षय होने पर
6. अधिक क्रोध या मानसिक तनाव रहने पर
7. मधुमेह रोगी में यह रोग अधिक होने की सम्भावना होती है
8. किसी अन्य तरह के इन्फेक्शन या एलर्जी से जैसे बिंदी, सिन्दूर, आई लाइनर, हेयर डाई, गहने, सुगन्धित स्प्रे, पाउडर, मोज़े, दस्तानों, जूते आदि के प्रयोग से, खाने की कोई चीज़ जैसे भिंडी, अरबी, बैगन, लहसुन, मूंगफली आदि
(इस रोग से जुड़े अन्य लक्षण व जानकारियों के लिए शास्त्रों का अध्यन अवश्य करें)
एक्जिमा में आहार और विहार - Diet in Eczema in Hindi
तली-भुनी, मिर्च-मसाले वाली चीज़ों व उष्ण तासीर या उष्ण वीर्य वाले खाद्य पदार्थों का प्रयोग बिल्कुल न करें.
रोगी को हल्के-सूती व स्वच्छ वस्त्रों को नियमित रूप से प्रयोग करने को कहें।
किसी अच्छे आयुर्वेदिक चिकित्सक से परामर्श लें और फिर उपचार शुरू करें.
यह भी पढ़ें - शीतपित्त के कारण, लक्षण और आयुर्वेदिक उपाय - Urticaria Ke Karan, Lakshan Aur Upchar
Many times there have been cases where the people often get redness in their skin which is followed by itching or swelling or dryness sort of situations. Medically this is a skin disease which is known as Eczema. It is a condition where the skin gets rashes that have redness, itchiness, dryness, and swelling. These are the common symptoms of Eczema. Their many reasons for Eczema, which are due to various eating habits, lifestyle or sometimes it can be genetic. Eczema is more common among children but also can happen to adults. The treatment given to the affected persons is through antibiotics, creams or steroids. However, these are the short-term treatment for Eczema and they can have a side effect on the body. Eczema like disease requires a treatment that can help in getting to solve the problem from the root. Ayurveda treatment of Eczema proves to be very beneficial.
In Ayurveda, Eczema is known as Vicharchika which is due to aggravation of Pitta Dosha. The aggravation of the pitta dosha leads to the accumulation of heating toxins which are known as AMA. These toxins gather in body tissues thus contaminating them and causing Eczema. The Ayurvedic treatment for Eczema works on pacifying the pitta dosha by enhancing digestion and clearing the accumulated toxins.
Handling the Outburst of Eczema in winters
Eczema is a skin disease which can trouble a lot, constant itching and swelling make the person go through the sleepless nights; nevertheless, the condition Eczema becomes tougher in winters. In winters, the weather conditions work as a trigger for Eczema; the skin becomes drier and more sensitive. This leads to winter Eczema where the skin gets winter skin rashes and dry itchy skin. However, some home tips are there to fight this disease but you need to consult an Ayurveda doctor in case of severe Eczema. Eating almonds, coconut, egg white, white chicken, lake water fish, ghee, etc can help in fighting Eczema. This means, the food that preserves the water of the skin and reduces the pitta formation in the stomach. Also, the Ayurvedic remedies prove to be very useful for Eczema as these treatments work in treating the root cause of Eczema.
Ayurvedic treatment for Eczema
There are Ayurvedic medicines available for Eczema which is made from natural herbs. These medicines are a natural way to treat Eczema.
To soothe the itchy area and clean them, there is Ayurvedic Ointment made from the herbs such as Triphala or Neem and organic Turmeric powder. The combination of coconut oil and camphor helps in getting relieved from itching. There are various natural ointments made from herbs, which when applied to the affected area, bring big relief to the patient by reducing the itchiness in the skin.
The best way to get remove the root cause of Eczema is through Panchakarma therapies. These therapies help in detoxifying the body by removing the toxins from the body.
The juices made from carrot, celery, parsley, spinach, and beetroot helps in purifying the skin.
The Ayurvedic treatment also recommends a proper diet to the persons such as foods that are too spicy, sour and hard to be digested should be avoided.
The Ayurvedic treatment proves to be very effective for Eczema and helps in understanding the root cause of the problem.