What is Eczema?
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that makes the skin red, itchy, and inflamed. Over time eczema disrupts the skin barrier, making that area of skin more susceptible to infections and dryness. Eczema is most common in children but can happen to anyone; eczema alone affects more than fifteen million Americans.
Eczema is most common in families that have histories of allergies, asthma, or respiratory problems.
What Are The Causes of Eczema?
Genetics can be a big contribution to having eczema as it is more likely in individuals with family with history of dermatitis, allergies or any respiratory issues
Your immune system - if your immune system tends to overreact to any tiny allergens or irritants your skin can be inflamed easily
The environment- dry air, smoke, skin products, harsh soaps and towels, and pollen are all outside factors that can contribute to your eczema
Often stress can cause eczema as the influx of hormones can cause the skin to overreact
What Are The Symptoms of Eczema?
Dry, itchy, and inflamed skin
Rashes or bumps on the skin, on the hands, ankles, wrists, eyelids, and inside the bends of elbows and knees
Some bumps may leak fluid
Scaly leather-like patches of skin
Think You Are Suffering From Eczema?
Your health provider can often identify eczema by looking at the classic signs which can be red itchy scaly skin. If further examination is needed an allergy or blood test may be performed.
Moisturize your skin often
Use a humidifier if dry air is causing your eczema
Avoid any harsh soaps or skin products that contain irritants such as fragrances or any chemicals
Topical ointments such as cortisone cream (over the counter steroid) are recommended to apply on the skin
Avoid long and hot showers
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