HOW TO CARE FOR ECZEMA, DRY SKIN, & ATOPIC DERMAITTIS

WHAT IS ECZEMA?

Eczema, medically known as atopic dermatitis – is an inflammation of the skin that leads to very itchy red/brownish patches that resemble the look of a common rash. If not managed properly or if left untreated, the inflamed patches of eczema can become crusty, bumpy, ooze, crack and/or thicken. The first outbreak normally appears prior to the age of 5, but the condition can persist into adulthood. There have been reports of a staph infection accompanying an eczema rash with individuals with severe eczema.

REDUCE SKIN IRRITATION

  • Moisturize Skin Often: A key first step to take to reduce eczema irritation is to moisturize affected skin. Recent studies have shown that individuals who suffer from eczema tend to have gaps between cells in their skin which tend to allow allergens in. The allergens will irritate the skin. Using an eczema therapy moisturizer such as Aveeno Eczema Therapy can fill the gaps and make it harder for allergens to get in.
  • Take Oatmeal: A short bath in oatmeal can help ease itch and irritation. You can use organic oatmeal or buy a pre-packaged colloidal oatmeal at the local drug store. It is recommended you soak in the oatmeal solution for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. Be sure to gently pat yourself dry after your bath with a soft towel. Apply eczema-friendly lotion immediately after your bath. Preferably while skin is still damp.
  • Cool the Itch Down: You can soothe itch by applying a cold compress or an ice-pack. Place the cold compress or ice pack on to irritated or itch skin and hold it there for a few minutes or as needed.
  • Wear Comfortable Fabrics: The best fabric to wear to relieve eczema itch would be cotton and cotton blends. Avoid wearing clothes made of coarse materials such as wool and synthetics which tend to irritate skin.
  • Short Fingernails: While it would be ideal to avoid scratching all together, the next best option will be to maintain short nails. It is wise to keep nails trimmed short to avoid damaging your skin when giving into an itch’s temptation.

MAINTENANCE & DAILY SKIN CARE

To maintain skin affected by eczema, take at least one shower per day with warm water for approximately 10-15 minutes. Wash with a gentle cleansing bar or wash formulated for sensitive skin. Pat away any excess water and immediately apply moisturizer to damp skin. The best moisturizers to use are fragrance-free, eczema-friendly or a prescribed medicated topical. Applying Vaseline may also help itch, but since since it contains no water, it is best to use it only after bathing. Be sure to liberally use moisturizers throughout the day. Avoid skin irritants and proven allergens.

MILD TO MODERATE ECZEMA, DRY SKIN, ATOPIC DERMATITIS

  • Regularly bathe with oatmeal as explained as above for about 10-15 minutes, once (possibly twice) a day.
  • Be sure to use mild, fragrance-free cleansers. Speak to your doctor about what cleansers best suit your specific situation.
  • Regularly use eczema-friendly, fragrance-free moisturizers or a prescribed medicated topical.
  • At times, applying a low potency topical corticosteroid to affected areas twice daily especially after baths can soothe eczema itch.
  • Be sure to pay close attention to any products that seem to irritate the skin or make your condition worse.

MODERATE TO SEVERE ECZEMA, DRY SKIN

  • Diluted Bleach Bath: Experts agree that taking a diluted bleach bath successfully treat eczema. Since bleach is antibacterial, it helps decrease the bacteria that sometimes aggravate. Depending on your doctor’s instructions, use between a few tablespoons and a half-cup of regular unscented Clorox bleach with approx. 40 gallons (typically a full tub) of lukewarm water. Make sure to read the bottle to check the concentration (which should be about 6%. Note that some labeling might refer to bleach by its scientific name – sodium hypochlorite.) Before stepping foot into the bath solution, ensure the bleach and water are thoroughly mixed. Soak in bath solution for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer as explained above.
  • Use sensitive, fragrance-free cleansers or consider possibly using an antibacterial cleanser. Speak to your doctor about what cleansers are best suited for your condition.
  • Moisturize while skin is still damp after bath twice daily. (Use eczema-friendly, fragrance-free, or prescribed medicated topical)

STEP DOWN TO MODERATE PLAN ABOVE AS THE SKIN HEALS

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About Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

In 2002 renowned board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Snehal Amin and leading board certified dermatologist Dr. Noah Gratch, teamed up to found Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (MDCS) (Formerly - Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery), which has since become among the best known and most respected practices for both medical and cosmetic skin care in the country. Located in Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Manhattan, NY, the practice offers patients the most advanced skin treatments, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment available.

The two have assembled a blue-chip staff of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians who provide New York City and Long Island patients with expert care for all skin issues. This ranges from skillfully treating skin cancer with the technically sophisticated Mohs surgery to creating and executing customized skin rejuvenation programs.

The practice brings together a roster of top-rated physicians and surgeons from the most prestigious medical institutions in the country.

In addition to amassing a loyal clientele, MDCS’s physicians are frequently sought out by the media for their expertise on skin issues and treatment. Physician’s at the practice have also published numerous scientific papers of their latest discoveries and advancements. 

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In 2002 renowned board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Snehal Amin and leading board certified dermatologist Dr. Noah Gratch, teamed up to found Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (MDCS) (Formerly - Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery), which has since become among the best known and most respected practices for both medical and cosmetic skin care in the country. Located in Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Manhattan, NY, the practice offers patients the most advanced skin treatments, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment available.

The two have assembled a blue-chip staff of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians who provide New York City and Long Island patients with expert care for all skin issues. This ranges from skillfully treating skin cancer with the technically sophisticated Mohs surgery to creating and executing customized skin rejuvenation programs.

The practice brings together a roster of top-rated physicians and surgeons from the most prestigious medical institutions in the country.

In addition to amassing a loyal clientele, MDCS’s physicians are frequently sought out by the media for their expertise on skin issues and treatment. Physician’s at the practice have also published numerous scientific papers of their latest discoveries and advancements. 


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    "I've only been coming here for a month, but I love how contemporary the offices are--the electronic check-in and co-pay pre-payment system is awesome."

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    "Dr. Amin is a superb dermatologist at a superb practice. He once got me in on very short notice for a complicated procedure, and I left feeling like he really cared."

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    "I have been to see most of the doctors here, and I really like this group! They are knowledgeable and truly care about my issues."

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    "This is a welcome change with today's healthcare environment in which Physicians have to see more patients and spend less time with their patients."

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    "I have a lot of moles, and have seen a lot of dermatologists. Dr. Gratch stands out as being very thorough, pleasant, and efficient. Office staff is also cool. "

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    "Dr. Amin did a great job reassuring me and made me feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable, skilled, and patient. He spent a lot of time with me."

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    "Anticipate patient's needs. I am surprised that there are such few great doctors like Dr. Gratch out there. I recommend Dr. Gratch for anyone with a skin issue."

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    "I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Engelman. She is bright, kind, and capable. She knew my diagnosis right away, but didn't rush me out of her office."

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    "Dr. Schadlow is bright, caring, efficient and knowledgeable. She's got great bedside manner and helped clear up my concerns. Her staff was excellent too."

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    "He and his associates are top notch; young, knowledgeable and caring. They respond clearly to all questions and do not rush the visit. Great all around service."

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    "He is also the best cosmetic surgeon I have had for repairing the skin cancer sites...He said his work is "guaranteed for life."...he saved my face if not my life."

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  • Yelp

    "I have been treated by most of the doctors for my most basic skin care needs to the more elective procedures. I am confident that I am receiving the very best skin care"

    Olivia C.
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    "I've been a patient of both Dr. Schadlow for a few several dermatological procedures, and then Dr. Amin for mohs surgery. I found them both extremely professional."

    Karen M.
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    "I've been to quite a few specialists and Dr. Gratch REALLY knows what he's talking about. Moreover, the office itself is a model of efficiency."

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    "The service was quick and effective. I already booked an appointment for my husband and will make sure to share with all my friends."

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    "I love this place. I have acne problem skin and Tamila Deveny has been helping me with my treatment. I have seen a lot of progress in my skin thanks to her."

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    "Dr. Amin was efficient, explained what he was doing and why, and gave me clear instructions on how to care for my skin over the long term to prevent breakouts."

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    "I also really like this office, the staff are really nice and professional, I did not have to wait long, and their prices are comparable to others in the city."

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    "The doctors assistant was very friendly as well. Dr. Schadlow was great! Very knowledgeable and caring. Overall, great experience. I was in and out in about 25 minutes."

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