Eczema is a condition that causes inflamed or irritated skin. It is estimated that in the United States, upward of 20 percent of infants and three percent of adults are dealing with the condition. Although eczema is an irritating condition that can affect the way you feel and your appearance, modern medicine has made it possible to control many of its symptoms.
What are the Symptoms?
Itchy skin is the number one symptom of eczema. In addition to itchy skin, the condition may be accompanied by a rash, especially on the face, feet, hands, and knees.
Eczema is characterized by skin that has a dry, thick, scaly appearance. An individual who has lighter skin may notice that as an outbreak begins, their skin turns red and then eventually becomes brown. On darker skinned individuals, the condition may make their skin lighter in certain patches or could make it darker.
Why Do You Have Eczema?
The medical community does not know the exact cause of the condition. It appears that there is a connection between an overactive immune system and symptoms. This is supported by the fact that many families with the condition also have problems with allergies and asthma. It is also a symptom of irritable bowl syndrome.
There are triggers that may cause you to have flare-ups. For some, a flare-up is caused when they come into contact with a rough or dry material. For others, flare-ups are linked to fluctuations in temperature, interactions with soap, detergent, or the dandruff of animals.
Can It Be Cured?
Currently, there is no cure for eczema. The focus is on managing symptoms and minimizing flare-ups by avoiding things that can cause irritation. Contrary to popular belief, the condition is not contagious. If you have it, you won’t be able to pass it on to a friend, spouse, or family member.
The primary goal in treating eczema is to minimize itching. When a person is constantly scratching their skin, they are at risk of developing skin infections. Eczema-friendly creams and lotions can help keep the skin moist and relieve itching. Some have found that a cold compress can also minimize the itching sensation.
Eczema can negatively affect your self-esteem. You may feel anxious about when your next eczema flare-up will happen and where it will occur. Thankfully, dermatologists are able to provide you with information and tools that can help you to manage your eczema and eczema symptoms. Contact Radiantly Healthy MD today to schedule an appointment.