DermaSilk has been widely researched in a number of medical studies. This section is not intended to give a full description of each disease area and is not intended to replace discussions with a health care provider. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist in relation to a condition or treatment.

The purpose of this brief explanation is to enable you to understand how DermaSilk Therapeutic Undergarments could be of help in the management of some skin condition and which garments might be appropriate.

DermaSilk can help in the prevention and management of various skin conditions such as:

Various types of Dermatitis and Eczema

Epidermolysis Bullosa

Thrush (candida albicans)

Vulval Pain

Jock Itch & Athletes Foot

DermaSilk is widely and most commonly used for the management of Eczema (atopic dermatitis).

Eczema

The Australasian College of Dermatology describe eczema as a dry, itchy, red inflammation of the skin, which doctors also describe as atopic dermatitis.

People who have eczema may have a family history of asthma, hay fever and atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Eczema can affect any part of the skin, including the face, but the most common areas affected are the creases of the elbows, around the knees, and around the wrists and neck.

Eczema can affect all ages and both sexes equally and usually starts in the first months of life. It usually appears in early childhood and it is most common in children, affecting at least 10%-15% of infants, although it can carry on into adult life or come back in the teenage or early adult years.

Eczema is not infectious and cannot be spread to other people.

What makes Eczema worse?

This will vary from person to person but frequent causes of worsening of eczema include woollen or fibrous clothing next to the skin, overheating, excessive drying out of the skin, excessive exposure to house dust mite and exposure to the fur of cats and dogs, if you are allergic to them. Possibly it will flare if you are stressed or exposed to cigarette smoke. Secondary infection with staph bacteria or herpes virus also worsens eczema as does rubbing and scratching.

DermaSilk and Eczema

DermaSilk garments can be used for Eczema. Having a DermaSilk garment next to the skin can help to prevent overheating and excessive levels of moisture on the skin which, in turn reduces itching and scratching. The Microbe Shield will help with the management of bacterial infection on the skin. DermaSilk is light, comfortable and easy to wear.

Children wearing DermaSilk during the night will have a much better sleep and both children and parents will wake up refreshed.

Other Conditions

DermaSilk can also help in other types of dermatitis such as Contact Eczema and Gravitational Eczema as well as other conditions such as Thrush, Vulval Pain, Athletes Foot and Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Contact Eczema is inflammation of the skin that results from an external substance coming into contact with the skin. This can occur through one of two mechanisms.

Irritant contact dermatitis is when the skin comes in contact with an irritant substance. Irritant contact dermatitis is often encountered at work (occupational). The most common irritants are soaps, detergents, food and cement.  Irritant dermatitis is most likely to occur on the hands.

Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin inflammation caused by a hypersensitivity reaction.


DermaSilk and Contact Eczema

DermaSilk gloves can make an impact on the management of above conditions. DermaSilk gloves are knitted as a single item, there are no seams, they have a long gauntlet to help cover the wrist and are made with the DermaSilk on the inside protected with a wicking material called Coolmax® knitted onto the outside.

Gravitational Eczema is also known as varicose or stasis eczema. It is a common skin condition which affects the lower legs of adults. If left untreated, the skin can break down to form ulcers, which are then difficult to heal.

Over a period of time, if left untreated, the skin becomes thin and fragile, and looks shiny and flaky. This skin may crack if it becomes over-dry, or if scratched or picked. Trauma to that area can also break the skin and cause further irritation.