I have been asking that question for almost 4 years now. My little girl had it since she was a few months old. It was even misdiagnosed as ringworm of all things! But we were lucky to get in touch with a great pedia-derma who also had the same complaint since she was a little girl as well, so I felt we were in good hands.
But before anything, I would just like to clarify, I am not a doctor, but like most moms, I believe we do earn our honorarium along the way especially for very stubborn ailments of our kids. It is best that you take the information below, research on it, ask your doctors and try it on yourself first before your kids, especially your babies.
But what is skin asthma? How is it different from the other skin allergies?
You know its skin asthma if it happens because the body or the liver can not properly metabolize certain proteins and these manifest into skin inflammations. This happens:
- when your child ingests any suspected allergens, for example chicken, eggs, tomato, milk, peanuts, crustaceans etc.
- inhales dustmites, cockroach droppings (yewww) etc.
- or uses things they are allergic to (ex. clothes washed in detergents they are allergic to)
- It causes the area at the back of the knees and elbows to be so itchy,
- inflammed and
- even cause wounds.
All the other areas are more associated with atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis. Why these areas? Its associated with the lungs and as such, I was told, if not properly treated, children with skin asthma are prone to develop lung asthma.
I know it just a little blessing, but a silver-lining nonetheless that our little darlings are just dealing with skin problems rather than having to deal with the more frightening prospect of full-blown asthma.
Though our doctor was very capable and I liked her tremendously, I knew that relying on steriods almost from birth would not make for a very healthy regimen for my little girl. So slowly my quest for alternatives began. It has led us to an even deeper quest and which our whole lifestyle now evolves from, but that is another story.
And yes, I believe we will find the “cure”. Have you found your cure?
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