Are you one of the 35 million Americans suffering with eczema? It’s estimated that 1-3% of adult Americans suffer with eczema. Eczema, also called Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic condition for many people and causes more than just itchy skin. It can impact sleep, work performance and quality of life.
The most common sign of atopic dermatitis is dry, itchy skin and rashes. The rashes are signs of inflammation under your skin. Atopic dermatitis is an immunological disease, which means it involves the immune system. When you have eczema, your immune system is sensitive to even the smallest allergens or irritants. Your skin barrier is less intact than people without eczema. Keeping your skin barrier moisturized and protected is your first defense. A broken skin barrier allows irritants and allergens to enter causing inflammation and itch. And once you start itching, more of the skin barrier is broken down, allowing even more irritants and allergens to enter, causing a larger flare and damaged skin, which can lead to infections.
Eczema flare-ups are different for everyone, some may only flare in small patches while others may flare all over large parts of their body. At AD RescueWear, we’ve been focused on helping children with eczema, but after so many adults reached out to us, we knew it was time for some adult products. Our adult sleeves made with the same fabric as our children's sleeves are longer, covering more of the arm or leg. They can provide a barrier between clothing and can be used for easy wet wrap therapy. Many adult’s struggle with eczema on their hands and find relief using an emollient such as Vaniply applied on damp skin and then covering their hands with gloves at night.
A good skin care routine that involves gentle cleansing, moisturizing and wet wrap therapy when needed can help to keep the skin barrier protected and give you some relief. Talk with your doctor about using wet wrap therapy. And if flares are uncontrolled or extreme, or you suspect an infection such as staph or MRSA, make sure to see your physician right away. They may recommend medication for treatment. In addition to steroid ointments, new medications are showing promise such as dupilumab which is not yet approved by the FDA and FDA approved Eucrisa which is a non-steroidal topical treatment and is available by prescription.
There are many resources available for adults suffering with eczema. The National Eczema Association is a great place to start. Their website has helpful articles and a list of products that carry the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. AD RescueWear is proud to have been awarded this seal of acceptance for our Wrap-E-Soothe products. There have been many advances made in eczema treatment the last couple of years, so don’t give up hope – you can find relief!