9 Facts to Know About Eczema

Date:18-03-2014 07:20:06 read:1

Eczema is a skin condition that is long thought to affect only kids. The truth however is that it affects adults as well and people suffering from this condition as children are likely to suffer from then they reach adulthood as well. Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and it is a skin condition characterized by inflammation and rashes. The skin becomes itchy and when scratched you tend to bleed ad also get infected. In some chronic stages, the skin can also become quite rough. Children or adults, this skin condition is pretty difficult to deal with. Here are some facts you should know about eczema.

1. It affects almost 17% of the population

Atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects approximately 17 percent of the population. Nearly 40 to 60% of children who suffer from this, carry it into their adult lives.

2. There is still no cure for atopic eczema

In spite of the many research studies, there is still no cure for this skin condition. This is characterized by flares and sudden remissions.

3. Allergies associated with eczema may have a family history

If you have eczema you are also likely to suffer from asthma or hay fever. It is also very possible that one of your family member may have one of these allergies. hay fever, asthma and atopic dermatitis are called the “atopic triad” by a lot of physicians.

4. It is common for adults to experience what is called the hand eczema

IN such cases, the hand i is characterized by itchy, scaly patches of skin that flake constantly. As the condition becomes worse, your hands can become inflamed, cracked, and feel very painful.

5. Eczema can worsen depending on the work you do

If your work involves getting your hands or skin wet a lot or exposed to irritating chemicals, this can cause your eczema to worsen.

6. Eczema also has some possible environmental triggers

It includes dry heat in the house during winter, thanks to the heaters and the hot dry air circulated, cold weather, emotional stress, wool clothing, harsh detergents, perfumed lotions or soaps, sweating a lot, and pollen.

7. Food allergies and intolerance also worsens atopic eczema

Dairy products, wheat and soy beans also cause allergies and can worsen your eczema. It is also best advised to consult your physician or an allergist when the condition gets too bad.

8. Some lifestyle changes can help in treating the condition

You can spend less time in the hot shower, choose lukewarm showers over hot and cold showers, avoid dry skin and dry hair, bring down your stress levels and get rid of harsh chemicals and perfumes on your skin.

9. Medications are also helpful

Antibiotics, corticosteroids and antihistamines can be used to treat eczema. Topical medications called calcinuerin inhibitors also help bring down the inflammation in the skin. Ask out doctor about the risks as this can suppress your skin’s immune system.

Keep your skin well moisturized and do not scratch it as much as possible. Although there is no cure, you can do your bit to not make it worse or stop it from occurring too often.

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