There are two new developments in the field of eczema (atopic dermatitis). For those with milder disease, a topical medicine, Eucrisa, is now available that may help to contain the disease while limiting patients’ exposure to steroids. For those with more widespread or severe disease there is a new “biologic” medicine, Dupixent. It is given every two weeks and has shown excellent efficacy and a very good safety profile in many patients with difficult to control eczema. There is a great deal of excitement in the field of dermatology about the potential of these medicines to help us control this troubling condition. It has been over 10 years since the last new medicine was approved for eczema. Please make an appointment if you have eczema and would like to discuss these further.
Patients frequently want to know if diet plays a role in causing their acne. The honest answer is that we are still not entirely certain. Nonetheless, we do have some evidence implicating diet as a possible trigger of acne for some patients. Two dietary factors that repeatedly come up as possibly or even probably a cause of acne are high glycemic (sugary) foods and dairy. Surprisingly, the strongest evidence is that non-fat dairy is more likely than full fat dairy to cause acne. While chocolate and fatty/greasy foods have long been considered as possible causes of acne (and they may be), the scientific evidence for this is not as strong at this time.
Given all of this, what do I suggest? I suggest the obvious answer. Try to eat as healthful a diet as possible: a balanced diet with a significant focus on non-processed fresh foods especially fruits and vegetables. While the evidence doesn’t suggest it is necessary to completely eliminate all fatty and sugary foods, it is wise for our patients with acne to minimize non-fat dairy and high glycemic foods like candy, ice creams, and soda.
Brookside Dermatology Associates is pleased to announce that Drs. Moss and Maiocco have both been selected amongst Connecticut Magazine’s 2016 Top Doctors. This award is noteworthy because it is the result of a survey of Connecticut physicians for the year. Connecticut Magazine sends more than 5,000 questionnaires to Connecticut doctors, asking them to recommend doctors (other than themselves) to whom they would send a loved one for expert medical care. Over the past 10 years, the doctors of Brookside Dermatology Associates have consistently made this prestigious list. Dr. Moss and Dr. Maiocco are honored to be selected by their peers again this year.
With the weather turning worse these days, many people in the Northeast experience an eczema commonly referred to as “winter itch”. It is usually caused by environmental conditions both indoors and outdoors, and especially from dryness in the air. People who have had allergies or eczema in the past are more prone to being affected by this condition. If you think you are getting winter itch, start to address it by ensuring you are using mainly “sensitive skin” products (cleansers/laundry detergents) and moisturizing your skin well. A variety of over the counter anti-itch creams and baths can improve symptoms as well. Consider putting a humidifier in the house. If the problem still persists come in for an office visit; there are prescriptions remedies we can offer when simple home remedies are not effective.