About Eczema

Don’t Forget the Soap: A SolveEczema.org Perspective on “The Farm Effect” and Eczema

Until I can finish a book or publish papers, I really can’t do this topic justice. And I’m not really sure users of my site (SolveEczema.org) really need much explanation. Once people really read and understand the site, and put the strategies into practice, what I’m about to say is pretty obvious. A lot has …

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Sharing an Asthma Success Story from Canada

I still regularly hear from people who experience asthma improvements from implementing the SolveEczema site strategies.  I  would like to share a letter I received a year ago from Julie Leung, a mom in Canada who implemented SolveEczema.org strategies to solve her children’s eczema, and with whom I have been corresponding.  She describes the benefit …

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Update #1: Citizen Science and Celebrating the Perfection of Imperfection

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe so much time has passed since my last post. Much has happened. (Much of what I learned that allowed me to do this — SolveEczema.org — came from many lessons in my own health journey, which continues. Please pardon my slowness!) Last February, I attended the first annual conference of …

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Letter to a Medical Student — What % of Cases are From Detergent? — Part 4

Final installment of a letter to a medical student.  Read the rest of the letter:  [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] To the question of estimating what percentage of the eczema/atopy problem relates to detergents — reasonably assessing what percentage of a problem relates to one thing or another implies a broad understanding of the …

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Letter to a Medical Student — What % of Cases are From Detergent? — Part 3

I’m afraid I don’t keep track of citations electronically; I will add in citations after the last post.  There will be at least 4 parts. AJ [Part 1]  [Part 2]  [Part 4] Part 3: So when I say 25-60% of eczema cases result from detergents, I’m really considering the commonality of circumstances under which detergents would …

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Letter to a Medical Student — What % of Cases are From Detergent — Part 2

This question was such a good one and needed a more complete answer than I could give in a short blog post.  I will be rolling out the entire letter in 3 or 4 parts, and refining it as I go.  I will be asking more than one doctor I know for feedback, and revising as …

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Eczema, detergents, and bat white-nose syndrome?

When I originally wrote SolveEczema.org, I always understood that a medical study or publication would be necessary to bring the ideas into the medical mainstream.  I did the site because I wanted to help as many people as possible in the meantime.   I have also always realized there are other implications to these ideas …

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Detergents in (some) Water Softener Salt?!

Alert for SolveEczema.org users:  TAKE CARE TO USE ONLY WATER SOFTENER SALT PRODUCTS IN THE SOFTENER THAT ARE PURE SALT, AND NOT A SALT PRODUCT WITH ADDITIVES!!  Read on. Soaps work better, they clean better, in soft water than in hard water.   Soaps perform better than detergents in soft water — one reason detergents …

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Q&A: Reading Labels and the confusing business of telling soaps from detergents

I received a letter recently with a request to better explain how to find products that meet the SolveEczema site criteria.  I get product questions enough that I thought I’d just post my reply here on the blog: My letter: I’m glad the site helped!  I know it’s confusing to tell which products meet the …

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Better than the washing test — “diagnosing” detergent-reactive eczema

Better Than the Washing Test — “Diagnosing” Detergent-Reactive Eczema   Now here’s a word I never thought I would use in mixed company:  PATHOGNOMONIC From Medicine.net: “Pathognomonic: A sign or symptom that is so characteristic of a disease that it can be used to make a diagnosis. For example, Koplik spots in the mouth opposite the …

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