Report from the American Academy of Dermatology Conference
Eczema is not only a childhood condition; many adults suffer with eczema as well. Interestingly, many women report an increase in their eczema symptoms during pregnancy. Eczema Society of Canada was interested in this phenomenon; does pregnancy trigger eczema flares? Dr. Murase, a dermatologist certified with the American Academy of Dermatology sheds light on the impact of pregnancy on eczema.
Dr. Murase tells us that women who have previously experienced atopic dermatitis, or eczema, experience an immune system shift that may trigger their condition. “Atopic dermatitis is the most common rash dermatologists see in pregnancy,” she says. “Expectant mothers often see their existing eczema gets worse or have a flare for the first time in many years.”
Topical corticosteroids are an appropriate treatment option for pregnant women with eczema, Dr. Murase says. Mild or moderate topical corticosteroids are preferred to more potent formulations, which should only be used for a short period of time if the initial treatment is unsuccessful. Dr. Murase recommends that her pregnancy patients dilute topical corticosteroids with a moisturizer. This step helps contribute to healing while simultaneously reducing the amount of medication used.
Eczema Society of Canada recommends that women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or who are breastfeeding, consult with their own dermatologist for a treatment plan that is right for them.