Eczema In a Nutshell
Ever heard of eczema? Eczema is chronic skin inflammation that appears in various forms of redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering cracking, oozing, and bleeding. A recent infographic released by our website highlights some important facts to keep in mind about this irritating skin condition. Let’s take a look at some of them!
What You Need to Know
The cause of eczema is unknown, but is presumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. More than 15 million people in the U.S. have symptoms of eczema. 65 percent of patients develop symptoms in the first year of life, and 10 percent to 20 percent of all infants have eczema.
75 percent of children with atopic dermatitis go on to develop have fever or asthma. Certain foods are thought to worsen eczema symptoms, such as milk/milk products, nuts and shellfish.
Common Forms of Eczema
Atopic dermatitis is an allergic disease believed to have a hereditary component, and often runs in families whose members also have asthma. Symptoms include an itchy rash is particularly noticeable on head and scalp, neck, inside of elbows, behind knees, and buttocks.
There are two types of contact dermatitis: allergic and irritant. Allergic symptoms display a delayed reaction to some allergen (ie. poison ivy or nickel), whereas an irritant is a direct reaction to a detergent (ie. sodium lauryl sulfate). About three-fourths of cases of contact eczema are of the irritant type, which is the most common occupational skin disease.
This form of dermatitis initially starts off as dry skin that progresses into eczema and worsens in the weather. Generally, the limbs and trunk are the most affected areas.
Seborrheic dermatitis is classified as a form of eczema that is closely related to dandruff, and causes dry or greasy peeling of the scalp, eyebrows, face and torso.
In terms of condition management, eczema can be treated with corticosteroids, antihistamines, immunosuppressants moisturizers and an appropriate diet plan.
There is currently no definitive cure for eczema, but there are ways to effectively manage your symptoms. Explore your eczema relief options today by browsing through Eczema Natural Treatment articles here.