(StatePoint) Cool temperatures, low humidity, and furnace-blasted dry air can leave your skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Everyone needs to protect his or her skin from drying out in winter, but if you have certain skin conditions, you should step up your routine to keep your skin healthy.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease. The prevalence has been increasing worldwide. People with eczema experience severe itching, skin redness and dryness, weeping and scarring. Eczema tends to flare and then subside. Eczema affects daily activities and results in tremendous medical expenditures; the national burden was reported to range from $364 million to $3.8 billion.
Dr. Soo Jung Kim
Infants: Seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap,” is very common in infants. While the condition will generally pass with use of gentle cleansers, in severe cases a prescription medication may be necessary. It is also important not to confuse run-of-the mill cradle cap with a true fungal infection.
If you develop redness, swelling, cracking, blisters, or itching on your skin when you come in contact with certain substances, you may have “contact dermatitis” (CD) or a skin allergy. CD is caused either by an allergy or a sensitivity/irritation to common substances. 80% of skin reactions are caused by direct contact with an irritating product such as household cleaners, detergents and soaps among others that can cause irritant CD in all exposed individuals, especially with prolonged use.
What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?
Sophia Tavolacci, clad in a pink shirt and matching pants, clung to her father’s knee because she is shy around strangers. A mask with Disney characters covering the lower half of her face along with her pale, almost transparent skin are the only visual indications that something is wrong with the otherwise happy two-year-old.