What Is It?
Eczema is an incredibly common skin condition that is classified as any red, blistering, scaly, itching skin. About 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of eczema, including 10-20 percent of all infants.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema is thought to be associated with your body’s immune system overacting when in contact with different environmental factors. Eczema is said to mostly occur during infancy and will improve by the age of 15, but for some, the conditions persists into adulthood. Exposure to bacteria and other immune system deficiencies can also inflict eczema breakouts. The causes of Eczema can happen anywhere; meaning the environment that you’re in and how your skin reacts to certain things can all be cause.
What Are Some Symptoms?
Eczema affected skin will appear incredibly dry and thick. Most break outs mostly appear on the hands, feet and face, but it is not uncommon that patches appear all over the body. Eczema will initially cause extreme itching, and go from red to brown. Eczema will sometimes go unnoticed, but if left untreated can become incredibly infected. It’s important to get a doctor to look at any discoloration or breakouts that appear as soon as they do.
How is it Treated?
Because eczema is classified as being extremely itchy, the easiest and most important thing you can is stop itching! Sure, it’s hard to do, but constantly scratching the affected area will expand the redness and become even more uncomfortable. Topical creams, moisturizers and cold compression are all great methods to reduce the discomfort that comes from itchiness. Doctors can prescribe anti-inflammatory creams and ointments for more severe cases, but forms of these products are also available over-the-counter. You should always console a doctor before you begin using any over-the-counter ointment. Often times, people may overuse or misuse the product, causing the Eczema to become worse. Eczema can also be controlled using light therapy with your dermatologist. Ultraviolet light will help reduce both the discoloration as well as the itchiness.
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