To prevent or reduce outbreaks of eczema, avoid exposure to extreme temperatures, dry air, harsh soaps, scented products and bubble baths. Use blankets and cotton clothes instead of more irritating fabrics such as cotton or synthetic fabric like polyester.
After showering or bathing, pat dry (rather than rubbing) to leave some moisture on your skin. Then apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to retain moisture in the skin. Use a humidifier to moisten indoor air more when its used for heating. Read the rest of this entry »
According to skin symptoms, your doctor will ask about your own history of allergies and your family, your history of exposure to chemical irritants and contact with potential allergy triggers, such as ivy vein.
In many cases, your doctor can diagnose eczema by skin testing. If your doctor suspects that your case has to do with the allergy, it may be necessary to patch test with various chemicals that cause allergies (nickel, lanolin, fragrances, etc). Read the rest of this entry »
Symptoms of eczema include itching, redness, irritation or blisters. If these symptoms are not treated, the skin may become thick, scaly and dry, with areas where there is hair loss and color changes. The skin is affected by eczema for a long time is more vulnerable to secondary infection, usually caused by bacteria.
Each type of symptom of eczema has characteristics and patterns of specific symptoms:
- Atopic Eczema (atopic dermatitis) appears as patches of dry scabs, reddened and irritated skin on. If the skin becomes infected, it may become a wet look. Scratching the itchy patches of skin cause irritation and increases the risk of infection by bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »
Eczema is the most common type of skin inflammation (dermatitis) and includes several conditions that have the same skin changes. Eczema first appears with itching and redness of the skin. It can also be irritated or blisters. When a condition becomes long-term (chronic eczema) causes thickening of the skin, scaling, dryness and discoloration.
There are many types of eczema and vary depending on the cause, shape and location of the rash. Most are related to allergies or contact with irritants. Some are associated with medical conditions that cause fluid retention in the legs. In the United States, eczema affects 10% of the population.
Atopic Eczema (atopic dermatitis): This type of eczema comes and goes constantly and usually occurs in people who are prone genetic (inherited) to suffer from allergies. In about 70% of cases, the person (or a family member) has allergic asthma, hay fever or food allergies, atopic eczema within the first years of life, usually in babies between 2 and 18 months. In babies, atopic eczema affects the face, neck, ears and torso. Also appearing on the instep or the outside of the elbows. In older children, adolescents and adults, atopic eczema usually affects the inner folds of the elbows, as well as knee, wrist joints, hands and upper eyelids. Read the rest of this entry »