Eczema

Many people suffer from eczema. The term eczema is used to describe a range of conditions that cause persistent inflammation and irritation of the skin. While less common in adults, 10 to 20 percent of infants develop eczema. However, most children tend to outgrow it by the age of ten. If eczema persists throughout a person’s life, proper medical treatment can help control and/or alleviate the symptoms.

Causes: The exact cause of eczema is still unknown to doctors. However, it is widely believed that eczema is the outcome of a person’s immune system overreacting to a skin irritant. Many doctors also believe that the condition could be passed on genetically.

Eczema is known to be triggered by a number of different factors, such as household cleaners, cosmetic products, chemicals, metals, foods, pets, fabrics, weather and even stress.

Symptoms: Regardless of the cause, appearance, or area of skin affected, eczema is always itchy. Sometimes the itchiness will begin prior to a rash appearing. The rash itself will usually look dry, scaly and thick. People with fair-skin may notice their rash become reddish and sometimes turn brown after time. Those with darker skin will also see a change in skin color where the rash will change to either a lighter or darker color than their natural tone. Eczema on infants may begin to ooze or crust over.
It’s common for eczema to show up on the face, back of knees, wrists, hands and feet, but can appear anywhere on the body.

Basic Formula for recovery/healing/improvement: The most important goal when treating eczema is to prevent itching. Itching can eventually lead to infection. Keeping the eczema-affected skin moist is essential for improvement, and therefore, there are many different kinds of lotions and creams that are used to treat eczema. In some cases, oral medication is also prescribed to help relieve the symptoms of eczema. Once the area has improved, it’s helpful to work with your doctor to find out the possible triggers in order to avoid a future eczema flare-up.

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