Unfortunately, studies and records show that eczema, particularly in babies and children, is becoming a more common and widespread problem. The good news is that it’s not always a life-long affliction for kids (they often outgrow it by 5 years old), but it’s still painful and frustrating to treat as a parent (and no picnic for your wee one, either).
Many cases remain of undetermined origin, but there are some environmental and genetic variables that can play a part:
• Skin too dry (dehydrated or not enough natural oils, excessive sweating)
• Exposure to physical allergens and irritants
• Plain old bad luck (genetics)
In babies and young children, eczema shows up initially as red or swollen—sometimes pebbly or rough—skin, especially in skin folds that tend to stay damp: armpits, behind the knees, and in the groin area. Sometimes there are blisters or raised red bumps, and sometimes the scratching and dryness can get so bad the skin cracks and leaves open sores. Fussy, irritable babies with tender skin who dislike bath time might have a problem with eczema.
Treatment invariably depends on the cause, which is not always obvious. Please consult your pediatrician or a dermatologist in order to get direction on the proper course of treatment.Your doctor will evaluate your kiddo, and ask a lot of questions about his or her environment. Why? If your child’s skin reacts to the laundry detergent you use, resolving the issue could be as simple as switching brands or going to a “free and clear” version. Children’s skin often responds to diet changes as well; removing things like dairy, nuts or soy can improve eczema symptoms a surprising amount. There are lotions and creams, acupuncture and other homeopathic treatments, and even UV light treatments. Here are the biggies:
• Filter your child’s bath water (I can personally attest that this does help, as I have adult eczema, and it helps me!)
• Change laundry detergent, and dress your wee babe in 100% cotton clothing to allow the skin to breathe
• Perform an allergy test and identify possible contact or internal allergens (we’re looking at you, cow’s milk!)
• Remove certain Big Allergens from your kid’s diet (or stop eating them yourself, if you’re breastfeeding): cow’s milk, soy, nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, and wheat
• Try keep your baby in a warm (not hot!), dry environment to minimize sweating (sorry, fellow Texans, you will fail this one)
• Try OTC hydrocortisone cream (though I’m not a huge fan of chemicals)
Those are just some of the remedies available. There are a lot of them out there on the web, but please be careful when trying them out! Always test first on yourself, and if there’s no reaction, a small part of your baby (with something handy to wipe/remove the solution if it’s not well received).
Does your child have eczema? What have you found works to help alleviate the symptoms? Share in the comments!
When most people think of dermatology, they probably think of beauty. No longer are dermatologists known for removing embarrassing warts or moles, but for chemical peels and Botox. They are the go-to person for making skin beautifully flawless. But dermatologists also engage clients to help them deal with some of the more unsightly dermal concerns: skin abnormalities, rashes and cysts, among other things.
My own first meeting with a dermatologist was over a cyst. Cysts are a common abnormality that often appear on the face and neck, but can appear anywhere on the body. They’re just plain ugly, and coming from personal experience, I can assure you that they’re embarrassing and made me feel self-conscience. I even had people ask if I had cancer!
What is a Cyst?
A cyst is a noncancerous, closed pocket of tissue that can form anywhere in the body and is common on the skin. Skin cysts develop due to an infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (also called oil glands), and may form around foreign bodies in the skin, like piercings. Certain factors increase the possibility of developing a cyst such as:
• Age (30s or 40s)
• Damaged hair follicles (skin abrasions or wounds)
• Trauma (skin is crushed or broken from an injury, such as hitting your finger with a hammer)
• Birth Defects
Common Skin Cysts at a Glance:
Cysts are usually noticeable and tend to be slow-growing, painless and can be rolled under the skin. Some of the most common types of skin cysts include:
• Epidermoid cysts (which men are twice as likely to have): the most common type of skin cysts (this was the type I had) and are often mislabeled as sebaceous cysts, which are a rare type of cyst. Epidermoid cysts range in size from ¼ inch to 2 inches (Mine was about an inch).
• Lipoma: a fatty lump that tends to grow slowly over time and is usually discovered accidentally.
• Pilar cysts: form from hair follicles and commonly occur on the scalp.
• Milia: tiny white bumps or small cysts on the skin. These cysts are common in newborns, which then are called Epstein’s pearls, and go away on their own.
• Pilmatrixoma: a slow-growing, hard mass found beneath the skin. Occurs most commonly on the face and neck and is seen mostly in children under 10.
The treatment of most cysts depends upon cause, size and location. Removal of the cyst is done at your doctor or dermatologist’s discretion, as some cysts can be drained or aspirated, or injected with a cortisone shot (My dermatologist gave me a cortisone shot, which resulted in an infection, so instead of a smallish size cyst, I had what looked like a goiter. I went back and it was drained – yuck! – and removed). Some cysts disappear on their own without treatment. Most people elect to have their cyst drained or removed for cosmetic reasons or to prevent further growth of the cyst. Pilmatrixoma cysts are removed surgically as an outpatient procedure.
Some skin cysts can be prevented by keeping your skin clean and avoiding skin irritation. Using a shower filter that filters out harsh chlorine to keep your skin soft and less dry may help reduce irritation. Use gentle, oil-free cleansers, wear soft, cotton clothing, and adjust anything that may rub against your skin.
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Ever read a blog that makes your head hurt? Bad grammar, incorrect word usage, terrible spelling and strange sentence structure are just some of the many errors that pop up in blogs that make you think, “How was this ever written by a human being?” Well, maybe it wasn’t.
Some writers and website content managers rely on bots, for example, to stuff blog posts full of SEO keywords that thoroughly trash any editorial or informational value the post might otherwise have had. Such posts are often repetitive (to pump up those SEO numbers), nonsensical and sometimes downright offensive. As avid bloggers and retailers, we get our fair share of blog notices that contain many of the capital blogging sins, and I’d like to share one shining example:
According to this blog post, The Aquasana shower filters have a wealth of hitherto unknown qualities, capabilities and commendations:
“Pure smoke removal.” (Our filters do not now, nor have they ever, removed smoke from shower water. Nor do we recommend that you smoke in the shower.) “Not to mention the filter, chlorine, which canallergic reactions.” (Our filter is not made of chlorine, it reduces chlorine, and I’m not sure what exactly a “canallergic reaction” is.)
“Aquasana filter reduces chemicals and synthetic because of a carbonized coconut shell.” (We actually use coconut shell carbon, which is slightly different than “carbonized coconut shell.”)
“It is not in vain as the Niagara ‘head.’” (Not sure what exactly is not in vain, and not sure how we compare to the Niagara “head.”)
“Even Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Oprah WinfreyHunger “prescribed” a shower filter his television audience.” (Um, what is an Oprah WinfreyHunger? And how does it describe Dr. Oz?)
“And many experts have specifically recommended the years Aquasana shower filter, including the Consumer Digest Magazine, which rated a “Best Buy” and cosmetology today, the name IT products.” (We are not, have never been and never plan to be an IT product of any size, shape, style or color.)
“If you are after a simple shower filter or if your best, you get rid of the chlorine exposure, the filter actually works.” (I am so glad the filter “actually works”. We would not sell bogus products!)
Hope we made you laugh. Happy holidays!
The Aquasana shower filter has been designed specifically to improve the health of all members of a family and really does provide the healthiest shower possible. A shower without the Aquasana system in place can cause untold damage to your health. For example, chlorine is commonly found in tap water and is suspected of having carcinogenic effects, particularly with regard to breast cancer as sufferers are found to have 50 to 60% more chlorine in their breast tissue. Other chemicals may also find their way into your system as your pores enlarge when you are in the shower and this encourages the absorption of chemicals. It is not just about those on your skin though, you may be breathing in water contaminants too because they evaporate and mingle with the steam.
The Aquasana shower filter can help prevent water contaminants because it has a two-stage filter process that removes chlorine in the first instance and then THMs and VOCs, synthetic chemicals that are added to water, in the second. The benefits are amazing because you will be showering in softer water that does not alter the chemical balance of your skin. By removing the contaminants, you can ensure that you are not at risk of inhaling them or having them absorbed into your skin, so Aquasana can definitely provide you with the healthiest shower possible.
When we swim in chlorinated pool water, you know that the first thing you need to do afterwards is to shower and wash our hair thoroughly to remove all the chlorine. You also know that you need to use conditioner and moisturizer to try to counteract the damaging effects of the chlorine on our hair and skin. If you don’t do this, you learn pretty quickly that your hair and skin dry out from the exposure to the harsh chemicals. Your hair can even take on a green tint from the chlorine after extended exposure.
Because chlorine is used to kill germs and bacteria in the public water supply, the water coming from every tap in our homes has a surprisingly high level of chlorine in it. It may be a level that is not detectable without chemical tests. It is definitely enough to damage your skin and hair when you bathe or shower in it. This is only one of the chemicals that have been proven to be in our tap water that can dry out or even cause damage to your skin and hair.
If you have not yet installed a shower water filter, the water you use to bathe and wash your hair may contain alarming levels of chemicals you would never knowingly allow to touch your skin. That same contaminated shower water will cause harm to your children or to infants in the home whom you may shower or bathe regularly in the water that comes from the faucets in your bathrooms. Infants have particularly sensitive skin, so parents should do all they can to eliminate the impact of contamination in the shower water causing damage to a little one’s skin and hair.
The hot water in your shower opens your pores and increases the rate at which your skin absorbs these toxins. Think of the long-term effect on your skin of showering and washing your hair in water containing chlorine and other synthetic chemicals day after day, year in and year out. Over time, these chemicals will cause visible damage to your skin and hair.
In the olden days, it was common for families to have a rain barrel to catch the rain for later household use. This was not merely for convenience. Even in the days before synthetic chemicals were introduced into the public water supply, young ladies knew that washing their hair in rain water was important for keeping it soft and beautiful. After installing a shower water filter, the water you use to shower will feel like rain water or fresh spring water.
The very first time you take a shower after installing a shower water filter, you will be able to tell the difference it makes to bathe with filtered water. Removing those shower water contaminants and chemicals makes the water feel soft and clean as it rinses away the grime of the day.
Your hair will be noticeably softer and silkier. Your skin will feel moist and smooth to the touch, because it will retain its natural moisture. It doesn’t make sense to spend money on expensive creams to restore your skin’s moisture or on conditioner to try to keep your hair from becoming dry and brittle, when you can help your skin and hair retain their natural moisture just by installing a shower water filter. Aquasana is a quality water filter supplier that can provide you with the perfect shower water filter to suit your needs. By evaluating whether to put a shower water filter in at the faucet or to install a whole house water filter, Aquasana can help design a water filtration solution that will address all of the water quality needs of you and for your family.
What is the first thing that goes through your mind when you see a filtration system designed for the shower?
Personally my first reaction was, why? At first I had no comprehension of the importance of filtering the water I shower in and thought it simply to be a nice luxury item. Only later did I learn that showering in filtered water is even more important than drinking filtered water……WOW!!! Curious and starving for information I decided to research the effects of showering in unfiltered water.
I learned that showering in unfiltered tap water exposes you to far more contaminants than drinking tap water does, 7-10 times more! When you drink unfiltered tap water, your liver and kidneys filter out some of the contaminants. But when you shower in tap water, the contaminants are absorbed directly into the skin and inhaled into your lungs, a much more direct route to the blood stream. Virtually all synthetic chemicals are “volatile”, meaning they vaporize faster and at a lower temperature than water. These “VOCs” (Volatile Organic Chemicals) are released into the air, creating somewhat of an invisible gas chamber in your bathroom.
Most cities use chlorine or chloramines to disinfect the water supply, which when heated evaporate into the air becoming a VOC known as chloroform or THMs. Chloroform gas is a strong irritant to the lungs linked to asthma and respiratory problems. THMs are known carcinogens that have been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer. Our primary exposure to both THMs and VOCs are from tap water.
Some of the effects of swimming in chlorine are mentioned in this recent article published by MSN:
More information on the risks of chlorine in drinking and shower water: