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Asteatotic Eczema

Friday, 7 March 2008

Asteatotic Eczema is a skin condition that dries excessively the skin. It regularly leads to the creation of tiny cracks in the skin. It is a frequent condition among the elderly, especially during winter months spent indoors in environments with low humidity levels.

Usually, if patients follow the next treatment line, they will respond positively to therapy. Nonetheless, there is need to pay a lot of attention to triggering factors and to avoid them as much as possible.

- Short baths with low water temperatures are a great helper. High water temperatures are likely to worsen an asteatotic Eczema condition.

- Coarse skin cleansers and coarse fabrics applied directly on the skin are to be avoided.

- Soap should be replaced with an emollient.

- Topical steroid ointments should also be applied, but only on the prescription of a specialist.

- Remember to use moisturizers.

A quick treatment of asteatotic Eczema involves the use of topical steroid ointments with 24- to 48-hour occlusion with polyethylene. The majority of the patients heal with mild topical steroids, but the fact depends on the severity of the Eczema, on the patient’s compliance with treatment, and the reduction of contact with triggering or aggravating agents. Generally, doctors will recommend use of moisturizers, especially petrolatum-based preparations, alone or in combination with topical steroids for mild cases.



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