IDerma products - My Maintenance


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Because of these products, I feel flawless again. I am moisturized from head to foot. No more itchiness and good bye dryness. I don't have to take any antihistamine drug to stop or control the severe allergic symptoms.

Thanks to I Derma Skin Clinic located at Suite 908 Medical Arts Tower, The Medical City, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City and to Dra Irma G. Tan-Nunez, my sleepless nights are over. I thought there is no treatment to this chronic condition. I tried to follow the advise of another dermatologist to use any ordinary mild soap and lotion but the relief is temporary and the symptoms just keep coming back. I also tried to drink herbal tea to detoxify hoping that I would feel better. Then I realized that the only answer to my problem is : maintenance.

So I follow the instruction religiously and I do hope the attack will be lessened or totally eradicate the symptoms.

  1. Colloidal Oatmeal Soap - use as daily soap for bathing
  2. Oatmeal Bath Oil - apply 2 times a day before drying with towel
  3. Oatmeal Moisturizing Lotion - apply 2 times a day after bathing
  4. Clobetasol with SSA (salicylic acid) - apply 2-3 times a d day over lesions

So far, my ritual is effective and my fingers are resting for the moment... no more scratching please! I just hope this will continue for a long period or if possible, leave me for good.


Forgiveness


We are but
 HUMAN...
We are bound
to commit mistakes.
We cannot avoid being hurt.
We tend to cause misery
and make others' heart bleed with pain.
We are insensitive...
we ignore and never learn
to appreciate those who truly care.
We can hardly forgive...
We are more tempted to do
the forbidden than follow rules.
We PRAY when we are in agony.
We sometimes forget to
PRAISE HIM
when we taste victory.
We never realize the value of
LIFE
until it's gone.



Fixed Drug Eruption


My husband and I thought that it's only a birth mark but every time he has fever, the same spot gets reddish in color and gets even worst as the fever progress. When I visited my dermatologist, I asked her about this condition and she examined KIKO and was certain that fixed drug eruption (FDE) is the culprit.

Affected area with Fixed Drug eruption

What is this FDE?

A fixed drug eruption (FDE) is an adverse cutaneous reaction to an ingested drug, characterized by the formation of a solitary, but at times multiple, plaque, bulla, or erosion; if the patient is rechallenged with the offending drug, the FDE occurs repeatedly at the identical skin site (i.e., fixed) within hours of ingestion.

Causes of Fixed Drug Eruption
Clearly some sort of allergy is involved but exactly how an FDE arises and in particular why just certain areas of skin are affected, has not been worked out.

Symptoms of Fixed Drug Eruption
Fresh lesions are well defined, round or oval patches of redness and swelling of the skin, sometimes surmounted by a blister. This then fades to a purplish or brown colour.Local or general symptoms accompanying an FDE are mild or absent.

Diagnosis
Made on clinical grounds. Readministration of the drug confirms diagnosis but should be avoided.

Treatment of Lesion(s)
Identify and with­hold the offending drug. A newly erupted lesion of FDE presents as an inflammatory plaque, with or without erosion. Noneroded lesions can be treated with a potent topical glucocorticoid ointment or intralesional triamcinolone. Eroded cutaneous lesions can be treated with bacitracin or Silvadene ointment and a dressing until the site is reepithelialized. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (dermal melanin) may persist at the site of an FDE for months or years and does not respond to hydroquinone therapy.
We are not yet sure of what medicines may have caused Kiko's FDE. It's either the paracetamol or antibiotic but for the meantime, Dra. Nunez gave him a betamethasone cream to be applied on the affected area.


Skin Asthma - My Chronic Companion

"Sa dinami-dami naman ng pwede kong mamana sa aking mga ninuno... bkit ito pa?"

Nothing more I can do except to live with it the rest of my life. My severe asthma attacks started when I was pregnant with my youngest. I used to have Urticaria or hives when I was single but when I got married, it evolved into another form of allergy called Atopic dermatitis.

It is a very common, often chronic (long-lasting) skin disease that affects a large percentage of the world's population. It is also called eczema, dermatitis, or atopy. Most commonly, it may be thought of as a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies, and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching.

The word "dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin. "Atopic" refers to diseases that are hereditary, tend to run in families, and often occur together. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy and inflamed, causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting, and scaling. Dry skin is a very common complaint and an underlying cause of some of the typical rash symptoms.

Although atopic dermatitis can occur in any age, most often it affects infants and young children. In some instances, it may persist into adulthood or actually first show up later in life. A large number of patients tend to have a long-term course with various ups and downs. In most cases, there are periods of time when the disease is worse, called exacerbations or flares, which are followed by periods when the skin improves or clears up entirely, called remissions. Many children with atopic dermatitis enter into a permanent remission of the disease when they get older, although their skin may remain somewhat dry and easily irritated.

Multiple factors can trigger or worsen atopic dermatitis, including dry skin, seasonal allergies, exposure to harsh soaps and detergents, new skin products or creams, and cold weather. Environmental factors can activate symptoms of atopic dermatitis at any time in the lives of individuals who have inherited the atopic disease trait.

The CAUSES are still unknown, but the disease seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. There seems to be a basic hypersensitivity and an increased tendency toward itching. Evidence suggests that the disease is associated with other so-called atopic disorders such as hayfever (seasonal allergies) and asthma, which many people with atopic dermatitis also have. In addition, many children who outgrow the symptoms of atopic dermatitis go on to develop hay fever or asthma. Although one disorder does not necessarily cause another, they may be related, thereby giving researchers clues to understanding atopic dermatitis.

While emotional factors and stress may in some cases exacerbate or initiate the condition, they do not seem to be a primary or underlying cause for the disorder. In the past, there was some thought that perhaps atopic dermatitis was entirely caused by an emotional disorder.

I have read several articles about this illness but the TREATMENT may vary depending on the type of allergy and what allergen greatly affect each condition.

OVERVIEW:

• Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema.
• The skin sensitivity of this disease may be inherited and genetically determined.
• The patient's skin may be "super sensitive" to many irritants.
• Dry scaly patches develop in a characteristic distribution.
• Itching varies but may be intense and scratching hard to resist.
• Scratching can cause skin thickening and darkening and lead to further complications, including bacterial infection.
• Extremely dry skin can break down and ooze or weep.
• If the itch can be controlled, the rash (which is aggravated by vigorous scratching) may be more readily contained.
• Treatment of atopic dermatitis is centered around rehydrating the skin with rich moisturizers like Vaseline and cautious use of topical steroids to reduce inflammation and itching.
• Oral antihistamines are often necessary to break the "itch-scratch" cycle.
• Since secondary infections can aggravate the rash, topical or oral antibiotics may also be occasionally indicated.