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Cortisone treatment for child eczema


As mothers we want to protect our children from anything that could hurt them.

Atopic Eczema

We unfortunately cannot protect them from the genetic conditions we pass onto them. 

Many children inherit Atopic Dermatitis or eczema from their parents. It affects 1 in 5 children and up to 10% of adults. Although eczema is genetically inherited it is important to understand that your children may also develop it as a result of exposure to certain allergens.

 

Cortisone treatments

Eczema can be quite devastating and can cause extreme discomfort in children. There are many treatments available today but the most common is topical corticosteroids. These medications are solely used to reduce inflammation, itching or scaling. They need to be used with a barrier repair cream in order to restore the skin and effectively treat the condition.  

 

Corticosteroids come in various strengths depending on the severity of the eczema. You can buy hydrocortisone over the counter or obtain a prescription for stronger, more potent medications. It is vital that you use these medications as prescribed as they are known to cause severe side effects.  These effects can be devastating in babies and children as their skin is still developing and can be sensitive. Corticosteroids are prescribed for short term use only as cause skin thinning and in rare cases stretch marks.

 

Many individuals dilute corticosteroids with emollients so that they can be it over the long term. This is not safe and can do damage to your child’s skin over the long term. It is important that you always consult a doctor before trying any treatment for eczema.

 Dermalex Eczema Children box & tube


There is another option……

As a mother you need to look for a long term treatment option for your children. This option should reduce the itch and redness without the time limitations and side effects.

 

Dermalex Repair is an effective self-treatment without cortisone and without side effects.  It is the perfect compromise between the two treatment methods. Dermalex effectively targets the damaged skin barrier and reduces symptoms.

 

What is Psoriasis?

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Plaque psoriasis is a chronic condition where the skin cells hyper proliferate (over-produce) due to an overreaction of the immune system. It affects around 2-3% of the population and normally presents in individuals between the ages of 11 and 25. Psoriasis is mainly caused by genetic factors, but there is a link between environmental and emotional factors and flare ups.

 

In normal skin, skin production occurs every 28-30 days, but in psoriasis, skin regeneration occurs every 7-8 days. This hyperproliferation causes a build-up of skin cells called plaques or scales. The skin becomes red, dry and inflamed, and is extremely itchy. Patients mainly develop the symptoms on their elbows, knees, face, palms and back. In many cases these patients also develop scalp psoriasis.

Due to the build-up of skin cells, the skin barrier becomes damaged, making it vulnerable to external antigens (bugs). This increases the risk of psoriasis flare-ups as the skin is not able to repair itself.

Psoriasis symptoms range in severity from barely noticeable, to outbreaks that cover most of the body. Psoriasis is a non-curable, chronic condition and needs to be treated daily.

 

Treatment for Psoriasis should target the following three areas:
 
  1. The inflammation:
  2. The scaling:
  3. The damaged skin barrier

 

Doctors often prescribe corticosteriods or immune modulators during severe psoriasis flare-ups. These products reduce the inflammation and scaling but are not safe for long term use.  Patients then have to use a separate emollients or barrier repair cream to restore the skin barrier and moisturise the skin.

 

Previously patients had no long term solution to target the inflammation and scaling while restoring the skin barrier.

 

INTRODUCING DERMALEX PSORIASIS.

 

Dermalex is clinically proven to reduce inflammation, reduce scaling and restore the skin barrier. Dermalex’s barrier repair complex targets all of three of the major treatment areas, without the negative side effects.

Dermalexvisual_packs_04_packshot_psoriasis is also safe for the long term use.

 


Dermalex uses the following ingredients to reduce psoriasis symptoms:

 

  1. Inflammation & scaling
Magnesium ions: Reduces inflammation and scaling by inhibiting the inflammatory process

 

  1. Damaged skin barrier
White petroleum jelly: Restores and moisturises the skin.
Alumino silicates: Restores the lipid structure of the skin, while creating a protective shield.

 

  1. Dermalex Clinical Trials

Dermalex Psoriasis is clinically proven to reduce symptoms of psoriasis. In 6 weeks of treatments, 80% of patients achieved a minimum improvement of 50% of their symptoms.

 

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                                     Before Dermalex                                                      6 Weeks After Treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosacea: Persistent redness on the cheeks

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It affects a large percentage of the South African population. Most individuals do not realise that they have Rosacea or that it can be treated. It is often seen as an “aesthetic” issue and not a medical condition. Rosacea mainly affects individuals over the age of 30. It is more common in women but men often have more severe symptoms.

This may be due to men failing to receive treatment in the early stages of this condition. Rosacea is more likely to develop in fair skinned individuals.

In Rosacea, the patient’s facial blood vessels are extremely dilated. This increases the blood flow to the skin and gives the appearance of flushing or redness. This redness is often accompanied with other primary of secondary symptoms.  Although there is limited evidence to prove that Rosacea is genetically inherited, there a high incidence of patients developing Rosacea when they have relatives with the condition. The National Rosacea Society found that nearly 40% of rosacea patients have a relative with similar symptoms (1).

There are no diagnostic or genetic tests to determine whether you have Rosacea. It is diagnosed through physical examination and the presence of primary or secondary symptoms.

The most common symptom of Rosacea is flushing or persistent redness on the cheeks or nose. In severe cases small “spider” veins will be present.

 

Primary Symptoms  Secondary Symptoms
  • Flushing
  • Persistent Redness (Erythema)
  • Bumps, Pimples (papules)
  • Visible blood vessels (telangiectasia)
  • Plaques
  • Skin thickening
  • Dry Eyes
  • Swelling

 

Types of Rosacea

There are 4 subtypes of Rosacea. These subtypes present with a combination of primary and secondary symptoms. The Rosacea patient may numerically progress through these subtypes as their condition worsens. Rosacea cannot be cured but with treatment the symptoms may be prevented or reversed. Without treatment it is possible to progress from early stage Rosacea to late stage Rosacea more quickly. The National Rosacea Society says that it is not uncommon to progress through these stages in less than one year (1).faces_of_rosacea

 

Subtype 1: Erythematotelangiectatic.

This is characterized by flushing and persistent redness, and may also include visible blood vessels (2).

 Subtype 2 – Papulopustular.

This is characterized by persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples (acne Rosacea) (2).

Subtype 3 – Phymatous.

This is characterized by skin thickening, often resulting in an enlargement of the nose (2).

 Subtype 4 – Ocular.

This is characterized by ocular manifestations such as dry eyes, tearing, burning, redness, light sensitivity, swollen eyelids, and potential vision loss from corneal damage (2).

Images from the National Rosacea Society http://www.rosacea.org/patients/faces.php

 

Dermalex RosaceaDermalex-Repair

Dermalex Rosacea hasbeen developed to target the main symptoms of Rosacea: flushing and presence of “spider” veins. Dermalex Rosacea contains:

  • Trisolve complex: This restores and moisturises the skin. It restores the natural structure of the skin preventing substances from penetrating and damaging the skin.
  • UV filters: This helps prevent flare ups by protecting the individual from UV radiation.
  • Green pigment: This conceals or covers up the redness, reducing its visibility
  • Esculin: This prevents the collagen breakdown, reducing the visibility of the blood vessels but also providing an anti-aging effect
  • Glycyrrhenic Acid: Provides a soothing and calming effect by reducing inflammation.
  • Series of other soothing  and calming ingredients to reduce the feeling of discomfort

Dermalex Rosacea can help reduce the visibility of symptoms and keep the condition under control.

References

  1. The National Rosacea Society. http://www.rosacea.org/patients/allaboutrosacea.php
  2. The National Rosacea Society. http://www.rosacea.org/patients/faces.php
  3. Rosacea Triggers: A survey by the National Rosacea Society of 1,066 rosacea patients showed which factors affect the most people: http://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/triggersgraph.php