Eczema – Simple Vaseline Appears To Work Best
At least for my daughter. I have been struggling to control my daughters eczema for 4 years now – she is five. We have tried lots of things but what appears to work the best is slathering her with vaseline following her bath, after first applying a bit of steroid cream on “hot spots”. Now I think I will start slathering it on her in the morning as well. It appears, finally, that there is evidence that moisurizing the skin may be the key to controlling eczema and that allergies are not the primary cause of the condition.
The major breakthrough came in 2006, when Irwin McLean, a geneticist at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and Dr. Alan Irvine, a pediatric dermatologist at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, Ireland, reported that chronic eczema was rampant among families carrying a defective gene for filaggrin, a skin protein that serves as a natural moisturizer. Without it, the usually impervious barrier formed by the skin is compromised by cracking. [...]
About one-third to half of all children and adults with moderate to severe chronic eczema have a nonfunctioning filaggrin gene, Dr. Irvine said. Researchers have identified nearly 40 filaggrin mutations, including variations specific to Asian populations. And evidence suggests that the risk of childhood asthma is nearly doubled in those who inherit one of these mutations, but only after eczema arises first.
Not all children with the filaggrin mutation will develope eczema and not all children with eczema have defective filaggrin genes. Obviously there is much more to sort out. Nonetheless,
“It points up (sic) to us that maybe we can reduce the impact of asthma and allergic rhinitis by treating the skin in kids with eczema early,” he said, “by moisturizing right from day one.”