Book Review: Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!

MarcieMom eczema book coverTitle: Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!

Authors: Dr. Hugo Van Bever, MarcieMom


“Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!” by Dr. Hugo Van Bever and MarcieMom is a unique book which systematically tackles must-know information about eczema.  Each chapter includes an introduction to the topic followed by a question and answer discussion between MarcieMom and Dr. Hugo Van Bever.  MarcieMom’s questions cover the frequently asked questions that eczema patients and parents have and Dr. Hugo Van Bever provides answers.

This book is a helpful supplement for any eczema patient or parent.  Health care providers are often limited in the amount of time they have to teach and counsel during a clinic visit so this book can help fill in the gaps.  Furthermore, Dr. Van Bever cites studies and evidence (or lack thereof) in his answers, helping dispel myths and promote evidence-based practices.  This is no small thing as plenty of non-evidence based practices abound in the care of atopic dermatitis.  In other words, Dr. Van Bever helps the reader understand what works and what does not.  He also tackles frequently confusing topics such as the utility of allergy testing in eczema.  This book is also helpful for patients and parents who feel alone in their disease.  MarcieMom is frank and open about her experience in taking care of Marcie’s eczema.  I found “Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!” to be a good blend of background information, up-to-date science, and practical advice and would recommend this book to any eczema patient or parent.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers!

  1. Dr. Huang, my PCP took a look at my mild eczema and recommended a baby eczema cream sold at Walmart (one that specifically did not have hydrocortisone).

    A lot of these products sold online do not list ingredients and throwing that ingredient into the inactive ingredient portion can be deceptive.

    What are your thoughts and experiences with recommending creams and moisturizers for babies with Eczema? For OTC products to give directions to apply 2-3 times daily without warning hurts my soul.

    Does the book touch on subjects such as detergent, clothing fabric, diet and other allergy triggers?

    Consider promoting this blog post, there is huge search queries from parents for this particular topic!

    1. Hi Andrew: Yes, the book does discuss detergents, clothing fabrics, diet, and other allergy triggers. It also discusses use of creams and moisturizers as well! It is tough that some of the products sold online do not have ingredients listed, but does the bottle have the ingredients labeled? That would be a good place to start. Also, contacting the manufacturer could be helpful as well.

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