Community Crossroads welcomes Howell Middle School Theater Students

Peter Pan and Wendy: A Musical

Howell Middle School students in the Victoria I.S.D. perform Peter Pan and Wendy: A Musical on November 20-23 at 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on November 23rd. The performance takes place at The Fine Arts Center 1002 Sam Houston. Tickets are $7.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is busy with Angel Tree, the Thanksgiving Day Feast, and the Red Kettle Program.

Angels can be adopted by taking an angel from a tree at Walmart or Toyota of Victoria.

You can register to ring the bell here. The Salvation Army is at 1032 North Louis Street. You can call 361-576-1297 for more information.

Skin Care this Winter

Dr. Manju Sachdev contributed the information below:

What is eczema?

The term eczema refers to a condition in which the skin is very dry, irritated and red or inflamed with occasional fluid filled bumps that may ooze from time to time.

The term Atopic Dermatitis is a more specific type of eczema which occurs in a large number of infants and children due largely to sensitivity to allergens in the environment – including weather change.

Most children with this skin condition also have other medical problems including allergies and asthma.

How is a diagnosis of eczema made?

Your PCP can make a diagnosis based on asking the parent if the child’s rash gets worse with certain triggers such as during the high pollen season, or with cold dry weather. Some parents notice that when their child is under emotional stress their eczema flares up or even when they use a harsh soap or detergent.

On physical examination you would see very red dry scaling patchy areas on the skin – especially on the arms and legs as well as the cheeks of the face.

Some patients may require allergy testing to determine what exactly is triggering their child’s skin problem.

How is eczema treated?

The most common treatment for eczema include medications which help stop the itching and curb the inflammation. Oral antihistamines taken at bedtime help to stop the itching which is important since scratching makes the rash worse. Topical steroid creams or ointments are very helpful to reduce the redness or inflammation but should be used cautiously and for only a short duration of time.

Sometimes non-steroidal creams are used as they have less side effects and can be used for longer periods of time to control eczema.

What can be done to prevent flare ups?

· Avoid giving your child frequent hot baths, which tend to dry the skin.

· Establish a skin-care routine. Brief, lukewarm showers or baths and moisturizing right after that on a regular basis help a lot. Hot water dries the skin and makes the eczema worse.

· Avoid using scented soaps, detergents or fabric softeners as these irritate the skin.

· Avoid excessive scrubbing and toweling after bathing your child. Instead, gently pat your child’s skin dry.

· Avoid dressing your child in harsh or irritating clothing, such as wool or coarsely woven materials. Dress your child in soft clothes that “breathe,” such as those made from cotton.

· Apply moisturizing ointments (such as petroleum jelly), lotions, or creams to your child’s skin regularly and always within a few minutes of bathing, after a very light towel dry. Even if your child is using a corticosteroid cream prescribed by the doctor, apply moisturizers or lotions frequently (ideally, two to three times a day). But avoid alcohol-containing lotions and moisturizers, which can make skin drier. Some baby products also can contribute to dry skin.

ParaVida Wellness

ParaVida Wellness is celebrating two years at 1405 East Airline Road, Suite A. ParaVida Wellness is offering Thanksgiving Meals for those who want to stay healthy over the holidays.