eczema breastfeeding link

A Link Between Breastfeeding and Eczema

Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin, which we commonly see in our pediatric (and adult!) patients. It can cause itchy, dry skin that may become painful or get infected. A child’s likelihood of developing eczema can be influenced by both their environment and whether they have a family member with eczema, but we now also have research that suggests that babies who are exclusively breastfed may have a lower likelihood of developing eczema.

The link between breastfeeding and eczema is not yet conclusive, but it seems that children who were breastfed for the first few months of their life are not as likely to still have eczema at age 6 if they do develop eczema. There is also evidence that children with eczema, who were breastfed exclusively for at least 3 months, may have milder or shorter flares of their eczema during childhood.

We are still learning about this link between breastfeeding and eczema, but find this information to be helpful and promising as we continue to learn more about why certain skin conditions develop.

 

Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.

 

 

 

[The data analysis for this article, published in HealthDay News, was part of the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration.]

Keeping Your Skin Clear at the Gym

Summer will be here before we know it and many of us are starting to hit the gym more frequently in preparation. It’s important to keep in mind that between sweat and shared equipment, there is ample opportunity to run into skin trouble from exercising. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your skin healthy at the gym:

  1. Wear loose, breathable clothing that keeps your skin dry while exercising. Exercising in the wrong clothing can lead to folliculitis, which presents as pesky bumps on your skin.
  2. Make sure to bring extra shoes for the shower! If you go barefoot in the locker room, you are exposing yourself to the virus that can cause warts. While we can treat warts on the feet in the office, it’s best to avoid picking them up in the first place.
  3. Bring your own yoga mat. Wiping down a shared mat with a disinfectant wipe is also acceptable, but if you have your own mat, it’s always better to bring it and avoid the possibility of spreading infection through shared equipment.
  4. If you have acne-prone skin, throw a pack of salicylic acid wipes in your gym bag. A quick wipe of the acne-prone area will help to prevent sweat from clogging up your pores.

 

 

Lauren Sundick, PA-C, is a board-certified dermatology physician assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.