DermDoc Video – What Causes Eczema?

Dr Jeff Benabio’s Video

Dr Jeff Benabio, also known as DermDoc (on twitter), regularly posts videos on health and skincare on Youtube (DermTV). Dr Jeff tweeted MarcieMom about his recent video ‘Great Hack to Help Your Kid with Eczema’ which MarcieMom shared in this post. As Dr Jeff’s video is short, sweet and simple to understand and apply, MarcieMom invited Dr Jeff for a video series, where he would help answer questions based on his videos.

More on Dr Jeff Benabio – Dr. Jeff is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles, a book and quoted in notable publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street JournalDermatology News, Dermatology World, CNN, Fox News and WebMD. Read more about him on TheDermBlog.

Marcie Mom: In the video, Dr Jeff explained that eczema is mainly due to an overactive immune system and damaged skin, where the damaged skin allows bacteria to penetrate, resulting in a vicious cycle of inflammation, itching, scratching and more damage to skin (more on causes of eczema here).

Here’s a question – For parents whose children are more likely to have eczema due to family history of eczema in parents or siblings, what would you recommend the parents to do before pregnancy, during pregnancy, after birth to reduce the likelihood of eczema and/or the severity of eczema in the child? 

Dr Jeff: Great questions here. Unfortunately, there’s little that parents can do to prevent it. There is some evidence that taking probiotics during pregnancy and up to 6 months post pregnancy if breast-feeding can reduce the risk of eczema in the child.

There is some evidence that some foods can make atopic dermatitis more severe if the child is allergic to that food. Common suspects include: cow’s milk, soy, nuts, eggs, and wheat.
There’s some evidence that living on a farm can help — I’m not kidding. Here are a couple of links to studies:
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Jeffrey Benabio, MD

Physician Director of Innovation, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA

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