Skin Defences against Staph Bacteria – Q&A with Dr Donald Davidson

I came across this study “IL-1 beta-induced protection of keratinocytes against Staphylococcus aureus-secreted proteases is mediated by human beta defensin 21” where the researchers studied how the skin protected itself against staphylococcus aureus (“staph bacteria”). This research is important because staph bacteria is known to colonize atopic dermatitis skin, and in doing so, have resulted […]

Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children (II) – Q&A with Dr Steve Xu

This is a continuation of last week’s interview with Dr Steve Xu MD MSc where we discussed contact dermatitis, the differences between irritant and contact dermatitis, the top 10 pediatric contact allergens in personal hygiene products and practical consideration of when to suspect contact dermatitis in a child. On ‘Bland’ Skincare Products MarcieMom: I’ve emphasized […]

Life Threatening Skin Rash series – Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is rare but life threatening, caused by bacterial toxins from staphylococcus aureus. Toxic Shock Syndrome commonly affects teens and young adults, from age 15 to 35 and majority, female. What Causes Toxic Shock Syndrome? Toxic Shock Syndrome is due the bacterial infection via the skin, vagina or pharynx into the bloodstream. While it is […]

Eczema News – Impetigo for Eczema Child

Impetigo is a common bacterial infection for children ages 2 to 5, and more likely for a child with pre-existing skin condition such as eczema. Today’s article aims to find out more about impetigo, its signs (how to recognize it early), its treatment, prevention and the correlation between impetigo and eczema/atopic dermatitis. What is Impetigo? Impetigo […]

Eczema Research News – Reduce Staph Bacteria?

This is part of a quarterly round-up of some of the recent eczema-related studies, so that we can be aware of possible treatments and their efficacy (and I can also keep myself updated with the latest eczema research!) Today’s topic is on Staph Bacteria, should we Reduce it? Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that […]

MRSA Decolonization Hospital – Eczema implications

A quick post on the latest study published in the above New England Journal of Medicine on the effectiveness of chlorhexidine soap on the decolonization of MRSA in hospitals. 1. Investigating if targeted decolonization or universal decolonization are more effective in hospitals. Why hospitals? Hospitals is one of the common areas where staph bacteria S. aureus […]

Staph Bacteria Series with Dr. Clay Cockerell: Prevention of Staph Infection

Bacteria on Skin Understanding Staph Bacteria on Eczema Skin Understanding Treatment Options for Staph infection and MRSA Prevention of Staph Infection How Staph Bacteria Passes From One To Another Staph bacteria, including MRSA, are spread from skin-to-skin or by contact with surfaces and objects. Staph bacteria present in mucous lining of the nose can be passed to […]

Staph Bacteria Series with Dr. Clay Cockerell: Understanding Treatment Options & MRSA

Bacteria on Skin Understanding Staph Bacteria on Eczema Skin Understanding Treatment Options for Staph infection and MRSA Prevention of Staph Infection Treatment for Staph Infection A common treatment for Staph infection is the use of an antibiotic either topical or oral. Pus may also be drained (only by doctor!). Dr. Clay, what are the common types/names […]

Staph Bacteria Series with Dr. Clay Cockerell: Understanding Staph Bacteria on Eczema Skin

Bacteria on Skin Understanding Staph Bacteria on Eczema Skin Understanding Treatment Options for Staph infection and MRSA Prevention of Staph Infection Last week, Dr. Clay Cockerell gave us some basics about the type of bacteria found on our skin. This week, we will discuss Staphylococcus aureus (“Staph”) and other harmful bacteria. Staphylococcus aureus worsens Eczema Skin […]

Staph Bacteria Series with Dr. Clay Cockerell: Bacteria on Your Skin

The Invisible Factor affecting your Child’s Eczema Rash – Skin Bacteria More on Dr. Cockerell – Dr. Clay Cockerell was the president of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005. He is a renowned medical educator having overseen an educational program designed to train the next generation of dermatologists and dermatopathologists and the author of […]

Dr SEARS L.E.A.N. Series: Raising Healthy Kids through Healthy Lifestyle

This is a fortnightly series focused on raising healthy children, following the advice on DrSearsLean.com. Marcie Mom came across Dr Sears’ Lifestyle-Exercise-Attitude-Nutrition approach for healthy families and found it to be practical and fun to follow. However, parents of eczema children may have reservation on certain healthy tips such as bringing their child for swimming […]

Do you dare to let your eczema child try a bleach bath?

Published in May 2009 Pediatrics Journal was the findings of a bleach bath study conducted on 31 children, aged 6 to 17 months, with moderate to severe eczema. The children had staph (see this post to learn about staph), which is a very resilient bacteria on the skin that can cause infection. Half the children […]

4-part series on What Causes Your Child’s Eczema – Staph

This is a 4-part (a little more technical) series inspired by a review article “Features of childhood atopic dermatitis” by Hugo Van Bever and Genevieve Illanora. The article summarizes 4 players involved in atopic dermatitis, and I’ve tried to understand whatever I could from the article and other research papers published online and hopefully digested […]