Eczema is a bothersome condition for two reasons - it is both painful and hard to hide. Although there is no known cure available, it can be treated successfully in most cases. Eczema, also known as Dermatitis, affects a large percentage of the world's population.
There are three most common forms of eczema. The first is the most common form of Eczema, known as Atopic Dermatitis. It is believed to be allergy related - an allergic reaction of the skin, which causes inflammation and the eczema symptoms. The second most common form is known as Contact Dermatitis. It's name describes it pretty well - you develop it through contact with a substance your body has a negative reaction to. The third most common form is known as Seborrheic dermatitis. Caused by overproduction of skin oils and a certain form of yeast. In babies, it is known as cradle cap.
What is Eczema
Causes of Eczema
Common Eczema Symptoms
Red Rash - It can begin with one little itchy, flaky sore - and then rapidly turn into a red rash that covers a large area. The sores usually resemble an irregular shaped blister - and they sometimes ooze clear liquid.
Flaky Skin - Flaky or scaly skin forms a crust over the red swollen rash. This results in a bumpy appearance.
Itchy Skin - The flaky sores and rash can become extremely irritating and itchy. In addition, as you scratch, the rash spreads even further over larger areas of the skin.
Bleeding - When you scratch the itchy, scaly sores and rash - it becomes even more inflamed and often bleeds, makes it even more painful.
The different forms of eczema can show up on pretty much any part of the body - scalp, face, hands, arms, legs, feet, neck, etc.
How To Threat Eczema
Treatment for eczema depends on the type that you have. If it is caused by allergies, then you need to treat the allergies. A Dermatologist will be able to lead you in the right direction.
If you want to try treating it on your own, then it will involve trial and error efforts - eliminating one item at a time and seeing which one seems to help. Detergents, perfumes (fragrances), wood, and a variety of other substances can cause contact dermatitis.
You may have a food allergy that is manifesting itself as Eczema in that part of the body. You might be allergic to eggs, dairy, wheat, nuts, and/or a whole host of other foods and drinks. You could try eliminating them one by one - or get your Dermatologist to test you (easier and quicker).
Many people report that stress, heat, coldness, wetness, dryness, and other environmental factors can worsen the symptoms of eczema. So keep these things in mind - you might want to try changing your environment.
Over the counter medications work for some and not for others, each person is different. And as was before mentioned, there are various forms and causes of eczema. For really bad rashes that are unresponsive to over the counter treatments, you should see your Dermatologist and get a prescription medication - oral or topical.
The good news is that although many experts say that eczema cannot be cured, it can be treated. And it is not contagious. So tell your loved ones and friends that they can touch you with no worries.