Symptoms and treatment of Skin Asthma
Skin asthma is well known as eczema or atopic dermatitis. It is non-contagious and a chronic skin disorder that stays for a long duration. It is quite common as well.
Atopic means allergy like asthma and its main feature is that it causes itchy skin and the urge to itch is created which further increases the itchiness.
Now you fall into a cycle of scratching and itching which will only worsen your problem.
Here are some symptoms that you want to be aware of:
- Extremely dry skin
- The bumpy skin on specific parts like front thighs and backs of the arm.
- Change of color of skin
- Ear discharge
- Redness of the skin
- Intense itching
- Thickened skin due to scratching
Real causes of eczema or skin asthma are not really known. It has been found that environmental and genetic factors make the difference. Apart from that, there are some triggers that cause atopic dermatitis.
- Dry skin
- Flu or cold
- Dry and cold air
- Sudden temperature changes
- Excess contact with water
- Contact with chemicals
- Hair dyes and perfumes
- Synthetic fibers
- Detergents or soaps
- Cigarette smoke
It is mostly genetic so do give it attention so that you know you may not have anything to prevent it from happening as it is in your genes.
The only thing you can do is that you can avoid having complications.
In my opinion, treating skin asthma with home remedies is best since it has no side effect and you can do it yourself.
Treatments for Skin Asthma
Some over the counter (OTC) creams such as Atopiclair, CeraVe, etc. can provide great repair the dryness and infection. It works for both children and adults.
Antibiotics that are recommended by your dermatologist can be used as well. This can be quite effective but that may return if you have not been using it regularly or as directed.
Phototherapy is a treatment which includes light using ultraviolet A or B waves or maybe a combination of both.
Older children and adults have found this to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate condition. Photochemotherapy may also be used if the condition is resistant to phototherapy.
This is a combo of UV light therapy and psoralen (a special drug). However, there are some long-term side effects to this treatment and that includes premature aging of the skin and in worst cases, skin cancer.
You will need to take a deeper study of your problem with your doctor before going for phototherapy and discuss how this may help in treating the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.
It can also be treated with home remedies. Home remedies for skin asthma can be used with some very easily available materials around your home and kitchen.
A recent study was done at Beer Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center which conducted that children with skin asthma can have a higher chance of being diagnosed with ADHD than children without skin asthma.
Skin Asthma in Children
The doctor can recommend you with minimum exposure according to your skin to avoid side-effects.