Atopic dermatitis or skin asthma is caused by a hypertensive reaction to an allergy. It can mostly affect any part of your bodies such as the face, limbs, and also the areas surrounding them. Because of this, your body suffers from severe skin inflammation which can be disturbing and annoying.
In this article, I will help to enlighten you on what to know about your condition and what can you do to manage it.
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Introduction to Skin Asthma
Skin asthma is also known as atopic dermatitis or eczema in medical terms. Atopic means allergy like asthma and hay fever while Dermatitis means skin inflammation. Skin asthma is considered as a non-contagious skin condition that causes skin inflammation, redness, and itchy rashes.
Furthermore, this kind of skin disease can affect anyone but it’s not common for adults. In addition, studies show that more girls are usually affected than boys. It mostly occurs before the age of 5. Sometimes your age can be a factor to determine the location and the type of rash in skin asthma.
What are the symptoms of skin asthma?
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is very common, not only for adults but especially children. A number of people who are suffering from this actually sensitive to certain foods, which can worsen their condition.
There are several symptoms that can identify as skin asthma, including:
- Dryness of the skin
- A bumpy skin on the back of the arms
- Skin complexion changes
- Redness of the skin
- Thickening of skin after a constant scratching
What causes skin asthma?
The causes of skin asthma or atopic dermatitis is still undetermined, genetics and environmental influences are the possible factors.
Most of the common cases that trigger skin asthma are as follows:
- Dry and cold air
- Inconstant temperature
- Interaction with chemicals
- Hair dyes
- Soaps and detergents
- Smoking cigarette
- Dryness of skin
- Flu or cold
- Extreme sweating
How does Skin Asthma spread?
Skin asthma is a non-contagious disease meaning to say it does not spread from person to person. On the other hand, it has the capability to spread all over your bodies such as your face, cheeks, knees, and elbows. By doing constant scratching of your skin it can make your condition worse.
The treatment for skin asthma is determined depending on your age, medical history and how severe your skin condition is. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to handle your irritating skin disease.
How to deal with skin asthma
When you are currently experiencing skin asthma, the best thing you can do is to avoid it from getting worse. You have to go through a physical examination to determine your diagnosis. When the examination is done, a detailed information comes out and out of that information, a proper treatment plan is determined. It may include Skin biopsy and Skin test for allergy.
The number one treatment for skin asthma is antihistamines. It can relieve the itchy feeling caused by skin inflammation. Several antihistamines include Loratadine, Cetrizine, and Fexofenadine.
These are the list of treatments for severe cases.:
- Phototherapy (UV light exposure)
- Immunosuppressives such as methotrexate, cyclosporine, and mycophenolate
Ways to prevent Skin Asthma
Atopic dermatitis can be disturbing and frustrating but no need to worry because there are ways to prevent it from spreading and hindering it from further critical complications.
Prevention for skin asthma includes:
- Lessen your interaction with water
- Avoid getting stressed
- Avoid certain foods like eggs
- Have enough sleep
- Try to avoid dusty surface
- Stay away from irritants like lanolin and wool
- Avoid constant scratching the affected area
- Use hypoallergenic creams
- You should stop smoking
- Know and keep tracks of the factors that triggers and avoid them.
Skin Care Treatments for Skin Asthma
As we all know, skin asthma is a chronic condition which doesn’t have a cure. Here is some skin care treatment to your skin to relieve dryness and itching due to your skin asthma.
Moisturize your skin regularly.
Moisturizing your skin every day is an essential treatment for skin asthma. You should use natural and organic moisturizers because it is not a chemical-based product and it doesn’t have fragrances that can trigger your condition. Apply moisturizing lotions, creams, and ointments on your skin to help reduce the dryness.
Repair those dead skin cells.
Dead skin cells are all over your body, especially when you are suffering from skin asthma. To patch-up your dead skin cells, all you need to do is to use mild soaps and body cleansers that have moisturizing ingredients. Virgin coconut oil is one good example of this, it has a soothing ability because of its lauric gel that can boost your dead skin cells restoration. You could also try lemon for your skin.
Use warm water in bathing.
A warm water helps to dry out skin. Do it with mild cleansers instead of soap. Avoid body scrubbers because it may irritate your skin. You should minimize your contact with water.
Avoid contact with skin irritants.
Cosmetics, household cleaners, detergents, perfumes and other things can make your skin asthma worse. Be sure to know what causes your irritation so you can avoid it.
Eat Healthy Foods
Of course, eating healthy foods is a big factor to ease your skin inflammation and allergic reactions. Grab and eat some foods that are rich in vitamin B and zinc to reduce irritation and boost your immune system.
To sum it all up, even if skin asthma doesn’t have any cure yet there are several ways to help you handle your condition. From my point of view, home remedies are the best way to treat it since it has no side effect and you can do it at home by yourself. Skin asthma is a lasting skin condition that needs proper and regular treatment. Be vigilant, know when to seek a dermatologist for further consultation and treatment.