How to Prevent and Treat Skin Asthma

Read up on how to prevent and treat this common summer health problem among toddlers.

Skin Asthma


What is it?

baby with skin asthma

It is a skin condition that has allergic features. It is hereditary, non-contagious, and characterized by chronic inflammation of the skin. The skin appears red, flaky, with pinpoint raised spots, can sometimes be “weepy,” watery, or wet, and can be very itchy. In worst cases, scaling and thickening of the skin is common.


What causes it?

Atopic dermatitis, a.k.a. skin asthma, is caused by reduced humidity and excessive sweating, common during summer—when the condition can become even worse. Primarily genetic, skin asthma is caused by abnormal immune responses. Atopy (from the Greek word for “out of place”) occurs when the immune system incorrectly recognizes and attacks substances that should be harmless. Dr. Malayang-Kimwell, medicine resident at East Avenue Medical Center differentiates that unlike skin allergies, which usually occur when exposed to particular allergens, skin asthma can occur with mild or even no exposure to irritants.


How can it be prevented?

Immunotherapy or allergy shots that can build the body’s tolerance to common allergens and irritants may help. But most importantly, parents should spot skin asthma skin’s natural defense against overexposure to early on to prevent it from worsening. This means taking the following cautionary measures:

  • Staying clear of possible allergens and irritants.
  • Avoiding overheating and dryness in the home. Keep the child in a cool environment.
  • Fighting skin dryness by taking frequent baths with mild soaps and applying non-irritating moisturizers.


How is it treated?

  • Cool compress and oral anti-itch medicines can help relieve symptoms.
  • Never scratch; it makes the lesions worse and may lead to a secondary infection.
  • Corticosteroids can treat inflamed skin areas, but use these minimally and only with prescription.
  • The skin can get used to these medicines, requiring a higher dosage when the condition reoccurs


Check out other skin health problems prevalent in the summer:

  • Prickly Heat
  • Sunburn



  • Mijaru Malayang-Kimwell, M.D., medicine resident, East Avenue Medical Center
  • Department of Health’s Health Advisories,
  • “Recent intelligence on the evil triad of allergy, asthma, and eczema,”


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  • Guest Mar 28 2014 @ 01:36pm
    Hydrocortizone cream works for my baby (P200 lang from our pedia), he's just around 3 months old when the doctor said he has skin asthma. Worst sa eye area, naglalagay kami ng hydrocortizone don altho sabi mamumuti, hindi naman namin napansin na pumuti ung paligid ng eyes niya. He has allergy din sa likod ng tuhod and arms, yun yung naputi pag nilalagyayn ng cream pero its not permanent. Suggested application of cream ay max 2 weeks lang pero since mabilis nga bumalik allergy, tuloy tuloy lang lagay ko. Kesa naman kamot ng kamot si baby, hindi ko na binibilang kung gano siya katagal bago mawala. We tried expensive creams like atopiclair, celeteque, etc. pero yung hydrocortizone cream lang talaga effective. If i have itch yun na din ginagamit ko. My son uses dove soap, lotion johnson and johnson lang. Kasi mas importante sakin Bugshield na ilagay as mosquito repellant e. Kaya naman ng hydrocortizone ang itch. Hope this helps.
  • Guest Oct 26 2011 @ 06:26pm
    yung baby ko 4months palang nung nalaman kong may skin asthma,thanks to dra.cynthia p. cirianco-tan dermatologist sya sa maryjhonston hospital in tondo.dahil sa binigay nyang mga cream at gamot na iniinom ng anak.meron din syang sinabi na bawal kainin ko dhil breastfeed ang anak ko.kailangan daw wag kumain ng malalansang isda daw ang dapat kong kainin ay bangus at tilapia lang daw,bawal ang pagkain na may artificial foods,softdrinks,hotdogs,tocino,longanisa,eggs,chicken, oranges,manggo.yan dapat sundun mo lahat ng sinabi nya,at bawal ang maruming lahat ng yan tinatandaan ko ,thanks God at effective ang tinuro sakin ni dra.cynthia p.cirianco-tan. minsan hindi ko alam malansa pala yung nakain ko.papahiran ko lng ng cream yung baby ko at papainumin ko lan sya ng nireseta ni dra,yun ok na at di nsya mangangati.basta lahat lang susundin matiyaga ka lang sa paggagamot,at syempre keep on prying to our ALMIGTHY GOD!!!!!
  • OUCH!!! Oct 13 2011 @ 03:12pm
    OUCH!! ang kati ng balat ko.. pano to gumaling dok!! i have many ouch!! ang kati-kati ouch!! plzz help me.. ouch!!
  • smile Oct 03 2011 @ 07:21am
    Can i treat this kind of disease even though we don't have enough money to support my medication? i have also a skin asthma and Im 17 yrs old now
  • moks Sep 03 2011 @ 05:51pm
    im 14 yrs suffering for skin asthma..maraming doctor na po ang tumingen sken maraming gamot pero ndi nagaleng..pls give some advice.thank you god blee :))
  • mhay Aug 24 2011 @ 10:41am
    ung anak q,skin asthma dn ang nging findings ng dr. nag strt xa mgkaron nung 4months xa..ngaun 8months na xa..pina inject q xa ng gamot,nagheal nman,bglang nawala pero,nging peklat na,pero pg pnapawisan xa namumula uli..
  • dhorz Jul 07 2011 @ 04:19pm
    ung anak ko mayron skin asthma sia, roblema ko nguan kng panu magaling ung sakit nia sa balat, ano ang gagawin ko para mgaling na kc 2 doctor na nilapitan ko ung mga gamot na riseta nla d naman gamagalit ung balat ng anak ko
  • leahzxy Mar 14 2011 @ 01:59am
    try elica cream 3x a day w/ steroids nga lang kya carefull sa pag lagay.. try also to use physiogel cleanser and moisturizer. if not cetaphil
  • ferns Feb 23 2011 @ 06:49pm
    please help im 13 yrs old and have skin asthma how can i cure it?? and is it possible to be removed to my skin??
  • Causes of Asthma Feb 22 2011 @ 01:36pm
    My son was also diagnosed with Skin Asthma a year ago. His Mom was advised to use VCO or Petroleum Jelly. We've been using cetaphil for a week now but only slight improvement. We used a calamine ointment for his ears that was gravely affected and it worked.
  • mae_codex Jul 15 2010 @ 05:40pm
    i'm 24 yrs old now... i found out that i have skin asthma....and still suferring till now. biglaan lang kasi kung umatake kaya hindi pwedeng wala akong stock ng gamot. nag co collapse ako kapag maga na buong katawan ko...
  • schatje May 23 2010 @ 09:03am
    my son has it...atopic dermatitis as early as 4 months old. it is so itchy. we were given an ointment which heals the wounds quickly although the skin will have discoloration. we also have to continuously moisturize his skin especially the parts were it is very itchy like the back of the knee, elbow, near the ankle and neck. we use oilatum soap, oilatum emolient, oilatum cream and aveeno skin relief lotion. now he is 2 years old and the itchiness lessened already. the doctors said, the skin asthma sometimes goes away as the child grows...hope it will be the same for him.
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