Tips to treat Atopic Dermatitis/ Ezcema: Ask Dr. Manuel



Dr. Powlin Manuel is retired as of 1/1/22.

Atopic dermatitis also known as eczema is a very common skin disorder in children. The incidence of atopic dermatitis has increased recently. I have personally experienced the bad impact and stress in the family, as my children and four of my grandchildren suffered from severe eczema.

How does atopic dermatitis present itself?

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) shows up differently in depending on the age of onset. In infancy in the first few months of life, dry patches on the cheeks are one common manifestation.

What causes atopic dermatitis?

 Atopic eczema is due to many factors, including familial genetic factors, allergies, deficiency of certain components of skin, and defective mechanisms to protect the skin.

 What are the remedies for atopic dermatitis?

The remedies are based on use of moisturizers, anti-itch lotions, anti-inflammatory lotions, barrier creams, probiotics, body washes, steroid creams, and antibiotic creams. The following is the list of remedies often prescribed to patients with atopic eczema.





The most important measure to keep eczema under control is the use of Moisturizers

A defect in skin-barrier function is the main factor leading to development of changes in eczema. The key factor to keep in mind is to take all measures to increase the efficiency of skin barrier funciton; that is achieved by regular use of techniques of hydration of skin. Keeping the skin hydrated highly essential to reduce flare-ups: the following are some we suggest at Manuel Medical Clinic.
Acid Mantle
Aquaphor Ointment
Aveeno Eczemacare Moisturizing Cream.
Cera-Ve Moisturizing Cream
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
Hydrolated petrolatum
Olay Quench
Olay Sheabuttor Body Wash (liquid wash)

Anti-itch lotion
Sarna anti-itch lotion
Aveeno Anti-itch

MimyXT cream
Biafine cream
Atopiclair cream

For bad cases
Unnas Boot (gauze)
Balnetar Cream
Domeboro solution

Culturelle : Patients with eczema use many antibiotics
Taken once daily by mouth, probiotics may be helpful.

Olay Body Wash
Cataphylls Cleanser

Steroid Creams

Antibiotic cream
Mupirocin cream

Restoration Creams
Acid Mantle Cream

Bleach Bath
Dilute bleach bath with 1/8th cup of bleach added to full bath tub once a week helps to keep the bacterial load down and help control flare-up of eczema.
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