I presume you are trying to relieve your daughter's eczema not “relive” it. As no age is mentioned, I will assume she is a child and not an infant. I would recommend she have skin testing or a blood test for RAST, as well as serum IgE to determine if she has allergy to any specifc inhalant and food antigens. Allergy to house dust mite is relatively common, especialy in warm, temperate regions like Sydney, where about 30% of people are sensitized to dust mite allergen, which is actually present in the faecal excretions of dust mites.
As such, environmental measures especailly related to bedding, are an important part of a management program for individuals with chronic atopic dermatitis (eczema). Any form of dermatitis is an inflammatory disorder and therefore measures to reduce exposure of skin to allergens such as dust mites, grass and weed pollens will help reduce the degree of inlammation. Topical coritcosteroid creams and ointments are anti-inflammatory and are important in controlling the persitent itch and scratching which usually disturbs sleep and can lead to irritabilty and behavioural problems in children. Although histamine contributes to itching, other factors are also involved. So, antihistamines, epecially non-sedating antihistamines, are usually not sufficient on their own to stop the itch.
The immunologic abnormalities associated with atopic eczema tend to predisose to cutaneous viral infectons like molluscum contagiosum and herpes simplex, as well as fungal infections like candida and tinea.
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