The Girlfriends' Guide to Pediatric Eczema: The Basics

Things to Make You Sound Smart When Talking to the Doctor

1. It's pronounced "EGGS-seh-mah"; it does not rhyme with Noxzema. (Although Dr. Hebert says some of her patients swear they get great relief by applying Noxzema they've chilled in the fridge to their trouble spots.)

2. Eczema is absolutely not contagious. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

3. A child with eczema may have or be predisposed to asthma and/or allergies. It is most common in people with a family history of asthma, hay fever, or eczema.

4. An outbreak of eczema symptoms is called a "flare-up" by the hip folks.

5. Conditions that make an eczema flare-up are called "trigger factors."

6. Doctors sometimes may refer to your child's eczema as "atopic dermatitis." Don't worry about the exact meaning. Some parents prefer this daintier and more clinical term, but a rash is a rash is a rash, if you ask me.

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