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Eczema-Free For Life [Paperback]

Adnan Nasir

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Jan. 6 2005

Rid yourself of the itchy rash of eczema forever!

With nearly 30 million people afflicted with eczema in the UnitedStates alone, it's no wonder it's the #1 reason people visit the dermatologist. Eczema-Free for Life is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available for eczema sufferers, written by a practicing dermatologist. Get answers to all your questions, including which skin care products are best, how to control the occurrence of flares, and how to stop the itching now.

Powerful treatments are being developed as a result of new research that has identified the genes responsible for eczema. Dr. Nasir clearly explains these breakthroughs and offers advice on caring for children with eczema, ways to cope with the psychological impact of the disorder, effective methods to eczema-proof your home, and which holistic remedies are safe and reliable.Finally, real solutions that will help you live eczema-free.


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Adnan Nasir, M.D., teaches dermatology at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and practices in Raleigh, NC. He is a noted clinician and researcher of immune diseases of the skin and has received numerous awards for his work, including the AMS Research Forum Award.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Some Things That MIGHT Help You but be careful & there is better advice out there. Aug. 26 2006
By mama.x - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book could more aptly be named `What We Think We Know About Eczema & Some Things That Might Help You'. There is some interesting information however this is just another doctor who thinks an Eczema rash is CAUSED by scratching. Those of you that have Eczema know that while scratching makes it worse, the bumps or rash itself comes first.

While I did find a number of his suggestions worth trying [such as washing with oatmeal rather than soap & eliminating B-complex] I found some completely insane like taking a bath in diluted Clorox!

The book is worth reading if you don't know much about Eczema but I caution parents to do further research by talking to someone that HAS Eczema. Some of these ideas can make your child's rash much worse. And the ever present push from western medicine doctors to give you cortisone, then when it doesn't work - stronger cortisone, just hasn't helped me at all - not to mention the side effects & potential birth defects it can cause.

I also don't agree that Eczema has nothing to do with what you eat. There is a lot of information out there about the benefits of Essential Fatty Acids [Omega 3.6.9] to those with eczema. This has been a far more helpful to me & my infant son. You might also want to consider allergy tests. [There are also foods that are irritants that you may need to hold off on during a flare up.] When your system is stressed common sense tells you that it all has something to do with why your Eczema is flaring. Remember Eczema is a symtom not the problem.

The best book I have read on eczema is:
Superimmunity for Kids : What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now, and Prevent Disease in Their Future (Paperback)
by Leo Galland, Dian Dincin Buchman
Superimmunity for Kids is a much better book for adults or children with eczema. After reading the Superimmunity book I wanted to lower the number of stars I gave for this review but it wouldn't let me.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chockful of useful info May 23 2005
By vb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Since several people here have already sung deserved praises, I will then start with the negatives. The book's title is a commercial come-on. Dr Nasir does not, alas, believe that one can live eczema-free. The book cannot make up its mind if it means to just address atopic eczema or other eczemas as well. As such, there are some statements that do not necessarily apply to other types of eczema, such as that food plays no role, or that eczema is part of the atopic triad. The editors were napping on the job: some statements in the glossary flatly (and wrongly) contradict the main text. A few bits of bad advice crop up, such as the use of bleach as a bath additive. Yuck! Chlorine bleach is an irritant, toxic by inhalation and absorption. When I need a healing disinfectant in my bath water, I pass up the chlorine shelves at my pool supply store and head for the hydrogen peroxide section. No stench, no toxicity.

On a more serious note, I was very disappointed to see Dr Nasir promote the idea that eczema patients often do not get bettter from the meds given us because we do not follow directions properly. I think that this "hypothesis" stems from the dermatology community's self-serving denial of the meager effectiveness of the medications they give us. This is closer to the truth, docs: We are highly motivated to get better, but the stuff you give us is expensive, often dangerous, and works poorly! We need better than that!

But don't get me wrong: the book fills an important niche. It is chockful of interesting information and useful tips. I particularly appreciated the information on daily routine care, on the various conditions that accompany eczema, and on promising treatments. Get it, read it, make notes, and read it again. Then, teach others what works. I recommend this book alongside Dr Atherton's classic Eczema in Childhood: the Facts.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great science lesson Dec 15 2005
By D. Emge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the first book or internet site I've found that explains the science of eczema. Very interesting and useful information. I bathe better now and notice a difference. My complaint with the book is his push to use drugs, like all the other dermatoligists who seems to care less about a person's long term health. "Take these creams and come back next months with your money" I can control my breakouts with the food I eat and there are countless other people saying the same thing. I also use an herbal cream that works as good as the steroid cream I was prescribed. My sister-in-law stopped drinking orange juice and her eczema vanished for good. According to Dr. Nasir we should continue eating our Big Macs and taking his steroids.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At less than the cost of an office co-pay, it's definitely worth it! June 22 2005
By Gloria B - Published on Amazon.com
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I have eczema, and this is the best book to come along on the subject!

I have gone from relapses to remissions and back countless times. I was working harder and harder to keep my skin under control. What I wasn't doing was working smarter. That's because I didn't know, and no one told me, that the more you know about eczema, the better your skin does.

I used to visit the doctor each time my skin acted up, and get a prescription, only to return a few months later. My doctor didn't have time to teach me. In this book, I not only learned about the science (without the hype) surrounding eczema, I learned practical day-to-day tips on keeping me and my home healthy. From daily skin care, to managing flares, to preventing flares and dealing with insurance companies. From what cosmetics and creams to use, and what to throw away (and I've thrown a lot away). From what works, and what doesn't to the latest research, this book covers a broad spectrum. The only change I would recommend for future editions is more illustrations of the rash.

This book has more useful information in it than all the visits I've made to the dermatologist combined! At less than the cost of a co-pay, it's definitely worth it! I use it as a reference that I go back to again and again. I am asking my library to stock it, and I'm recommending it to everyone I know who has eczema!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars be cautious when buying this book July 11 2008
By Poppy Crock - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had eczema since I was born. At times in my life it has become severe and others it has been calmer, but reguardless always there. There really is no "eczema free", so I wish the title was not so misleading. Anyone who has had eczema for many years knows that it is and will always be a problem for them. Worring about what fabrics your wearing, making sure that everything you use is fragrance free for sensitive skin, not being able to truly ever enjoy a shower or bath or swimming, yes and worring about what you eat and drink for me its no acids or wheat, and spending thousands of dollars on dermatologists and creams and lotions and the list goes on and on...
I dont believe that most of the medicines a dematogist gives you work. I've tried many oral steroids (which leads to weight gain and a quick fix that doesnt last long), steroid and cortizone creams(which are costly and after years of using no longer work and simply leave scars),Even the all natural creams have not worked for me.Recently I even resorted to try a medicine that significantly lower your immune system. Horrible mistake! Sure my skin got better for a little while but I had a vast of other problems that occured shortly following this medicine and eventually my skin of course worsened. I started having terrible bladder problems, lumps in my [...] that had to be removed, fatigue, staff infections that turned into mrsa, all of which I accredit to the lower immune system from the medication.
So to all of you suffering from eczema or dermititis please be aware that there is no ecezma free for life as this book states, as great as that may sound. Please just be aware of that if purchasing this book. Although could be somewhat helpful if new to eczema stress makes eczema worse, and soap does irritate the skin. It is impossible to stop scratching so please understand that if you are around someone with eczema do not nag them about scratching it makes them scratch more, trust me! Please be careful when going to a dermatologist you may waste money on a quick fix that wont last, which seems like what this book offers. Try changing your diet ultimately if you have eczema you also have many allergies try not eating wheat and watching how much acid you consume. If someone has a cure let me know but this book is not it.

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