A Reminder for Your Patients: Preventing Flare Ups
Your patients are busy and perhaps forgetful about the importance of self-care. Others may like some information that is understandable by non-physicians, yet comes from a reputable and recognizable medical source. One such resource is a Mayo Clinic article, Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema). Besides explaining what AD is, it recommends that eczema sufferers develop a basic skin care routine to help prevent eczema flare ups. For example, to help reduce the drying effects of bathing, you can remind your patients to:
- Moisturize your skin at least twice a day. Creams, ointments, shea butter, and lotions seal in moisture. Choose a product or products that work well for you, ideally, unscented ones.
- Use petroleum jelly on your baby’s skin to help prevent development of atopic dermatitis.
- Take a daily bath or shower. Use warm, rather than hot, water and limit your bath or shower to about 10 minutes.
- Use a gentle, non-soap cleanser. Choose a cleanser that’s free of dyes, alcohols, and fragrance. Especially avoid deodorizing and/or antibacterial soaps as they remove too much of the skin’s natural oils and dry the skin. Soap can be especially irritating to the skin of young children; skip the bubble bath.
- Avoid scrubbing the skin with a washcloth or loofah.
- Pat dry. After bathing, gently pat the skin with a soft towel.
- Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp (within three minutes).
The article also will remind your patients of some of the many common triggers for flare ups. Although most of them have probably learned the hard way to avoid them, it never hurts to remind your patients what they are. For example:
- Rough wool fabric
- Dry skin
- Skin infection
- Heat and sweat
- Cleaning products
- Dust mites and pet dander
- Smoke from tobacco
- Cold and dry air
- Other irritating chemicals
Join Us in February in Beautiful Sarasota, FL
You can register for the next Masterclasses in Dermatology on our registration page. Our “Early Bird Special” which provides a significant discount ends September 30th. You can check out our full agenda on our website and see who our faculty is, who our exhibitors will be, and learn what CME credits will be available.
All meeting and meal functions will be held at the beautiful The Ritz Carlton Sarasota, but many nearby hotels such as The Westin and Art Ovation are just a short walk away from the meeting venue! Enjoy the sunshine and kick your feet up after an exciting day of learning and networking!
A Final Word
Eczema’s impact on the quality of life in people of color can be significant. When eczema is persistent or uncontrolled in people of color, the hypo/hyperpigmentation from delayed treatment can lead to long-lasting pigmentary changes or scarring. In fact, skin discoloration may be more bothersome to people of color than the itch and inflammation; it can even cause severe anxiety and distress.
We hope you will join us for this potent, interdisciplinary meeting and expand your network of colleagues from around the nation and the world in the practices of gastroenterology, rheumatology, dermatology, surgery, and ophthalmology. Not only will you gain insights into treating patients with skin of color, but all the emerging and exciting treatments and interventions that will help you better serve your patients!