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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Atopic dermatitis...

Otherwise known as eczema, is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes.

Brentley had been having rough, scaly patches on his legs. I tried putting lotion on them, but it didn't seem to help, and instead of getting better, more and more kept popping up, so I made him a doctor's appointment, and he was diagnosed with eczema :( She prescribed him a cream for it that I can apply five times a day for one week at a time. I really hope this helps him.

I researched it when I got home, and even though it is considered chronic, most people outgrow it by adulthood. I really hope that Brentley does! Also, I was looking at some of the pictures, and Brentley's is not that bad compared to a lot of the pictures, so that is fortunate!

It is not contagious, so you can't catch it by touching him... even though it does almost appear that he has something like the chicken pox or poison ivy.

It can get bad to the point of oozing, blistering, bleeding, etc. At this point (knock on wood), Brentley's are just scaly, dry, and rough. Hopefully it will not get any worse than what it is now. I'm hoping the cream will clear it up, and maybe we won't see it again, but his doctor said not to get my hopes up because it usually doesn't go away that easy :(

The research I did also said that eczema is usually a precursor to allergies or asthma, and that is can be triggered by allergies or asthma. Hopefully not in Brentley's case!

4 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, girl. :(

    Like I said, my brother had it, and it was pretty bad. He outgrew it though, so hopefully Brentley will since his isn't a bad case.

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  2. Hopefully he will. I was thinking about it though, and he first started getting the dry patches about a month ago. Never had them before that, and that is the same time that we introduced baby food. I'm thinking his may be allergy induced :( Going to have to keep a close eye on that.

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  3. It seems to be fairly common from what I know about it. Hopefully it doesn't get to bad!! But yea watch to see of a certain food brings it up.

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  4. Yah. That makes sense. Has he tried very many different types?

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