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Kids and Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects 15 to 20-percent of all children. For most, it involves just a few dry patches. Eczema is a common skin condition that affects 15 to 20-percent of all children. For most, it involves just a few dry patches.
Eczema is one of those irritating skin problems you don't know much about unless you, or someone you know, has it. But eczema is very common among kids.

Bianca Meda had great skin until her sophomore year in high school.

Bianca says, "everything just swelled up and I got like rashes, like 85% of my body, was covered in eczema and it just came out of nowhere."

Now two years later, the entire family's shared in the grief of eczema.

Rebecca Meda says, "she'd be up at night crying, bleeding. I was, I just felt helpless and it really hurts to see your child go through that."

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects 15 to 20-percent of all children. For most, it involves just a few dry patches.

Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield says, "on the other hand, a lot of eczema is very, very severe, and can involve much, if not all of the body's surface area."

Dr. Eichenfield says scratching sparks a vicious cycle that leaves patients susceptible to infection.

He says, "many times you can get bacteria, staph infection present in the skin. They'll present with a honey-colored crusting and this bacteria can actually very much stimulate the eczema."

And though eczema affects millions, the cause isn't quite understood.

Dr. Eichenfield says, "are allergens being exposed to the body through the skin that's causing people to end up having this allergic tendency down the line?"

For Bianca, treatment has focused on rehydrating and calming her skin using wet wrap therapy.

Bianca says, "that seemed to help, like it was from one day to another, it was healed."

With hope that this helps put the wraps on her eczema.

Dr. Eichenfield says Bianca's wet wrap therapy is the first step in her treatment and it's intended to get the condition under control.

hen, follow-up care will involve finding the right topical medicine to keep her eczema in check.
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