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February 11, 2013
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It is common for children to outgrow their eczema. Allergic diseases often follow a predictable progression named the “Atopic March.” A child with the wrong combination of allergic genes and environment is at risk. He or she may suffer with eczema and/or food allergies as a toddler. By elementary school these conditions often improve or resolve. Sadly, they are may be replaced by new environmental allergies and asthma.
For other children, eczema may return or persist. The eczema seen in teenagers and adults may look similar but there are key differences. The most obvious is location. Lesions now appear on the hands, wrists and around the eyes.
Food allergies no longer play an important role. Exacerbating factors now include stress, excessive sweating and hormones. Increased use of facial creams, cosmetics, perfumes and jewelry can cause skin irritation and contact allergy.
Effective treatment is paramount. Left uncontrolled, eczema may have a significant impact on social life and self-esteem. Unfortunately, teenagers do not always make the best patients. Adhering to a consistent skincare regimen is a problem--in particular, convincing a teenage boy to apply greasy ointments four times a day is a significant challenge.
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