What is Eczema?
Eczema, scientifically known as Atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition. Generally found in children, it makes the skin itchy and red. Although no cure has been discovered, there is a wide variety of treatments available such as cream that prevents outbreaks and relieves the itchiness. Avoiding harsh chemicals, applying eczema cream often, and moisturizing will all help to reduce and treat your eczema.
What are the Symptoms of Eczema?
Eczema symptoms include:
- Itchy and dry skin
- Brown to reddish patches, occurring on the eyelids, upper chest, neck, wrists, ankles, feet, hands, and in the creases of knees and elbows
- Bumps that may release fluid if scratched
- Scaly, cracked, or thickened skin
- Swollen, sensitive, or raw skin due to scratching
- In babies, the scalp and face are the predominant places to look
What are the Causes of Eczema?
Eczema is not contagious and therefore not spread between people. Rather, it is a gene variation or the result of an allergy (environment factors). Unfortunately, eczema can spread around the body if not properly treated.
When to see a Doctor?
- Eczema starts to interrupt daily activities
- Home treatment does not work
- Infected skin: yellow scabs, pus or red streaks
- Is so uncomfortable that the condition is affecting sleep and daily activities
Professional Medical Help: Get professional medical help immediately if your child has a fever and what appears to be infected eczema.
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Eczema
- Replenish your skin with lotion twice per day
- Try to identify and avoid triggers that worsen the condition
- Take shorter showers or baths
- Take a diluted bleach bath no more than twice a week
- Use gentle and light soaps
- Dry off carefully
- Avoid the following foods: Refined sugar, fried food, salty or spicy food, meat, processed food, yeast heavy, acidic fruits, tomatoes, and dairy products.