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Dealing With Your Child’s Eczema the Natural Way
Date:5/30/2013

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents are reporting an increase in eczema and other skin allergies among children under age 18 years. The study shows that the prevalence of skin allergies increased from 7.4% in 1997–1999 to 12.5% in 2009–2011, or 1 in 8 children, an increase of 69 percent.

Allergic conditions are among the most common medical conditions affecting children in the United States. An allergic condition is a hypersensitivity disorder in which the immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are normally considered harmless. Skin allergies are one of the most common allergies among children. In fact, the likelihood of a skin allergy is greater than that of a food allergy.

Eczema refers to a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated and is almost always itchy. Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly.

The exact cause of this condition is unknown. Some people may suffer "flare-ups" of the itchy rash in response to certain substances or conditions. For some, coming into contact with rough or coarse materials may cause the skin to become itchy. For others, feeling too hot or too cold, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, or coming into contact with animal dander may cause an outbreak.

The standard medical treatment for this problem is actually not so much treatment as it is management using topical corticosteroids. Oral steroids may be prescribed for severe flare-ups. While the occasional use of topical steroids may not be harmful, prolonged use and the use of oral steroids may lead to a suppression of the immune system. A new
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