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Cancer Warnings on Skin Creams used for Eczema

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Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a very common skin disorder of itchy patches on the skin affecting both children and adults. The FDA announced (1/06) that new labeling with “black box” warnings will be required on two prescription drugs commonly used to treat this condition, Elidel and Protopic creams.

A “black box” warning is the most serious type of warning in drug labeling. This warning was prompted by the review of 78 cases of cancers, including lymphoma and skin cancers that occurred with the use of these drugs. The new labeling will also clarify that these drugs are now only recommended when other prescription medications have been tried and failed.

Eczema can often be treated and controlled with nutrition. It is commonly caused by food and other allergies, as well as other dietary issues. Evaluating the diet and testing for blood antibodies to foods can often identify the cause. Wheat and dairy allergies and intolerances as well as poor fat consumption top the list of contributing factors to eczema.

As always, addressing the root of the problem, rather than treating the symptoms is the safest and most effective route to healing. Perhaps we can be of help.