Eczema what is it?

97B9E639-2446-4AFB-A441-519953D7D5F9Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red giving it a rash like appearance. This condition is a common one and can be quite distressing to the sufferer. Eczema can happen at any point of your life. Some experience in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It can range from mild to a severe. Thus, there are many variants.

What kind of eczema one can have?

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis
  • Nummular dermatitis
  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis

Is Eczema contagious?

Eczema is just a skin condition that is no way contagious. Thus, it is not passed onto people through contact. Often an irritant from the environment causes a inflammation response. As a result  the immune system goes into override leading to eczema.

What symptoms should I look out for?

Eczema can produce many symptoms such as,

  • Dry and sensitive skin.
  • Itchiness, also uncomfortable itching that causes the skin to bleed.
  • Discoloured and inflamed skin.
  • Swelling of the skin.
  • Scaly patches of the skin that can be rough or leathery.

You may just experience some or all of these symptoms at some point.

Can I cure my eczema?

Eczema is a long term skin condition that you will go through all your life. There is no cure for this condition. However, it is best to learn how you can manage your condition and to reduce the amount of flare ups. For instance, you can use over the counter remedies such as creams. This can include medicated creams too. Some may consume immunosuppressant drugs if the condition is worse. Whereas, others can seek natural remedies to help with the condition. It is best to seek advice from a health care professional and your skin specialist to see how best you can  care for your skin. As well it will help you understand what triggers make your condition worst and how you can avoid them. Therefore, it will be an ongoing condition that you have to learn to manage over time.

 

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