Childhood eczema & antibiotics

Eczema, a chronic skin problem that causes itchy dry skin problem. Sometimes the condition is referred as atopic dermatitis. It can occur in any age and sex. And it has no cure till date, therefore all the treatment rotates around symptom management using drugs like steroids, anti-histaminics (itch relievers) moisturisers, avoiding various environmental allergens (like mites ) etc. In children eczema may occur with asthma. Common sites affected in body are scalp, inner side of elbow, inner side of knee etc. House dust mites and various other allergens are primarily blamed to elicit an eczema.

However, in case of children another possible cause found its importance. Childhood eczema may be associated with antibiotics a child was exposed to during ones infancy i.e. the first year of life. This drugs suppress the normal gut bacteria and decrease their load. Normal bacterial count in the gut help developing components of our immune system to allergic conditions like eczema. Antibiotics hamper the developmental process of child’s immunity and finally make kids vulnerable to eczema. To ease a child’s life a doctor treating an infant may avoid injudicious use of antibiotics. Eczema is an extremely distressing condition for many and should be taken empathetically.

English: Photograph of typical, mild dermatitis
mild dermatitis
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Reference: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.12476/abstract
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