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Skin Care Treatment Breakthrough May Reduce Galloping Skin Disease

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2007

According to a study published in American Family Physician, work-related skin disease accounts for approximately 50 percent of all occupational illnesses and is responsible for 25 percent of all lost workdays in the U.S. The myriad of industries and occupations affected is remarkable: everyone from food handlers and bartenders, computer technicians, medical and dental workers, jewelry, metal and ceramic workers, almost anyone who works in construction or outdoors, medical and dental workers to hairdressers – to name but a few. Tens of billions of dollars are lost in production downtime and tens of billions more are spent on skin disease healthcare. Despite these expenditures and the myriad of both over the counter and prescription drugs available to treat these conditions, the incidence of skin disease continues to escalate. Clearly, a safe, effective skin care treatment is needed.

 

Skin diseases come in many forms: allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), irritant contact dermatitis, neurodermatitis, perioral dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. They are characterized by dry skin that usually includes either cracking, swelling, itching, redness, scaling, blisters or patches that resemble burns. In the workplace, these diseases are often so debilitating that people are forced to change their occupation.

 

In fact, occupational skin disease is not only a problem in the U.S. – workers around the world are suffering despite the growing number of related laws and governing bodies involved. In the U.S., there are now at least 14 federal regulations and three governing agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Germany has also recently invoked stringent regulations, and the problem in the UK has reached such proportions that the Local Government Association has launched a very localized dual-pronged education and law enforcement campaign in an effort to reduce skin disease in UK hairdressers – 50 percent of whom suffer from skin disease.

 

Shielding lotion, a new breakthrough technology in skin care now recommended by hundreds of dermatologists for dry skin, eczema and dermatitis, may be the skin care treatment that will give workers relief and enable government authorities to reach their goals.

 

According to Dr. Lisa Benest, a board certified dermatologist practicing in Burbank, California, shielding lotions may be the skin care treatment that solves the problem. “When we are exposed to harsh conditions in the environment it can have a very negative effect on our skin. The reason shielding lotions are so effective is that they replace the protective barrier and allow the skin to heal from within. A shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin and protects it from outside irritants and chemicals, so it will prevent skin conditions from developing or it will help an existing condition to heal.”

 

Dr. Peter Helton, cosmetic dermatologist and medical director of the Helton Skin and Laser Institute in Newport Beach, California, agrees. “A shielding lotion is a new kind of lotion,” says Dr. Helton. “It’s a new technology that blends moisturizers with a light silicone material that is like a liquid plastic film that bonds with the surface of your skin. It is like wearing a band-aid or a glove that helps to heal the skin. It keeps the moisture in and keeps the irritants out.”

 

Using shielding lotion, Dr. Helton has been very successful in reducing his patients’ need for steroids and other chemical skin care treatment drugs and, in some cases, has been able to eliminate them altogether.

 

Although not life threatening, skin disease is costly, debilitating and disruptive. Shielding lotion may be the breakthrough skin care treatment needed to resolve the resultant problems for both workers and industry.

 

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Eczema Types, Symptoms And Treatments

What is Eczema?

eczema treatmentA type of dermatitis, eczema affects the epidermis or external layer of the skin. There are 10 different types of eczema including atopic, contact dermatitis, xerotic, seborrheic dermatitis, dyshidrosis, iscoid, venous, dermatitis herpetiformis, neurodermatitis and autoeczematization.

Autoeczematization is caused by infections and is only cured when the original infection is dealt with. Neurodermatitis offers a thickening and coloring of the skin caused by repeatedly rubbing and scratching. The treatment for both includes changing the behaviors to scratch and antihistamines.

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A problematic itch and a symmetrical rash on the knees, arms and back or thighs that gets worse at night is dermatitis herpetiformis. Caused by celiac disease, it can be treated using a changed diet and the original disease.

Stasis dermatitis or venous eczema is due to bad circulation, and affects ankles of those persons over 50. Scaling red skin that darkens and itches are common symptoms. Found commonly as a precursor to leg ulcers, it is treated with reducing swelling and helping circulation.

Exudative or discoid offers symptoms of dry rash or round oozing areas that have definite borders on the lower legs. Becoming worse in winter time, there is no cause or cure and it will come and go on its own schedule. Eczema usually refers to a range of persistent or recurring  skin rashes, itching and dryness.

Dyshirdrosis is found on the soles of the feet, sides of toes and fingers as well as on the palms of hands. Small vesicles or bumps, thickening of the skin and cracks on the skin along with itching that worsens in the evening are common. Known to get worse in the warmer weather, this condition is treated only with over the counter anti itch medications.

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Cradle cap or seborrhic dermatitis is much like dandruff in babies. Symptoms include peeling or greasy scalp, eyebrows and face. Considered harmless except in severe cases, it causes thick scalp rashes that are yellow, caused by a lack of biotin. Curing it means increasing biotin levels in the body.

Winter itch called xerotic offers dry skin cases the chance to become eczema. It gets worse in cold months and the torso and legs are affected the most often. Cause is related to ichthyosis and appears much like a dry river bed with no treatment available.

Contact dermatitis can be due to an irritant or allergy, and is cured by removing said items that cause the reaction. Atopic is related to allergies that are inherited, and is associated with asthma. Presenting with itchy red spots, this condition is treated in much the same way as contact dermatitis.

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