Do you struggle with eczema? Do you feel like you just can’t figure out what to do about it? Or maybe you have no clue where did it come from?
If you feel like these questions can relate to you in one way or another, then chances are you have just stumbled upon the right place to get all you need to know about eczema.
Let’s face it, eczema or any other skin condition really sucks! It make you shy away from people, puts you in an uncomfortable situations. You are just embarrassed to show your body parts.
Isn’t that frustrating?
I can see you nodding my friend.
To be honest, it is! And I had it before. I know how it feels.
But, fortunately, there are many ways out of this crappy thing.
And the way lies right here, in this very article you are reading.
This article will guide you in a step by step to get everything you need to know about eczema. We will cover what exactly is eczema, what are some of its symptoms, along with causes and very efficient ways to treat it.
Those some of the tips and tricks that have shown results with many people.
And I know you maybe tight on time. That’s why I created this easy to navigate menu to help you along the way.
Have a look at it and let’s meet at the other side of the river. Catch yaa!
Eczema is a term used for a number of medical conditions that can cause skin to be inflamed or irritated.
Eczema takes many forms. Among those though, only one is the most known.
The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which arises from a genetic or hereditary proneness for other allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever.
Symptoms of eczema include inflamed, itchy, red, cracked and rough skin. These usually results in blisters. It is most commonly seen in the form of rashes all over the body.
What causes eczema and why it affects certain people is not known, but it is attributed by doctors to an extreme response by the body’s immune system to an external trigger that results in symptoms of eczema. For instance, touching or coming into contact with rough or harsh textures can cause a person’s skin to be irritated and itchy. Sometimes, the weather, especially spring as it increases pollen exposure, can trigger eczema, or certain products like soap or detergent can cause an outbreak. Stress is another factor that can worsen the condition for some sufferers.
We will be back into more details about the symptoms and causes in more details in a moment.
You just need to keep in mind that it is best to consult a dermatologist immediately if one is experiencing any sudden itchiness or irritation of the skin. However, diagnosis is tricky and can take time especially since symptoms are unique to each individual which can fluctuate over time. A doctor will usually ask about family history, exposure to irritants, food allergies, use of medication or any new or sudden changes in diet or lifestyle such as consumption of steroids and so on, before making a proper diagnosis.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, eczema can be controlled. Doctors will mostly recommend the use of topical corticosteroid creams and ointments which reduce inflammation of the skin.
More on treatments in the lines to come.
Let’s get into more details and explore different signs, and symptoms that come along with eczema.
Eczema can be easily diagnosed by the common symptoms provided below:
The skin will be irritated and itchy which is most commonly a very easily identifiable symptom of all kinds of eczema. The itchiness will be amplified in areas with thin skin such as the eyelids which will become red and puffy as the eczema worsens. Sometimes, extreme itchiness will interfere with sleep.
These are the most common symptoms of eczema. The affected person will get blisters or rashes over his or her body, most commonly on and around the neck, wrists, and ankles, inside elbows, behind ears, shins and knees. Rashes can be in the form of red bumps of different sizes. Round, coin shaped rashes are often confused with fungal infections and therefore medical advice must be sought to ensure proper diagnosis. Other red bumps found on the body due to dyshidrotic eczema are usually filled with liquid and ooze if scratched and become infected. If left untreated, eczema can cause painful cracks can appear on the skin over time.
This one is the worst among the others. It hurts a lot. Allergic eczema may result in burning sensations and pain, especially for young children. Pain usually only occurs in extreme eczema, but burning may occur alongside blisters and rashes.
Scratching of blisters and rashes pointing to eczema can lead to skin infections and allow germs to enter the bloodstream which can worsen the patient’s condition.
Oily red or yellow patches of skin along with discoloration may also occur in extreme types of eczema. This usually occurs on the scalp and face in case of seborrheic eczema.
And the last symptom. This will be seen in people suffering from stasis dermatitis as a result of poor circulation in the legs which causes swelling. In addition, patients of asteatotic eczema often complain of thin, dried, and cracked on the lower legs.
Now that you have a good idea about what exactly is eczema and some of the symptoms that accompany it, let’s now explore some of the causes of eczema.
There are many things, practices and stuff we do that our skin can’t help but develop certain diseases. Among those is of course eczema. Here are a list of some of the most common causes of eczema:
This is the number thing to watch out of. Stress is really one of the main causes of almost all diseases. Stress is common cause of eczema which occurs in everyone’s life. At some point or another. stress can be a big trigger. However, not many people realize it can have such a big effect on an eczema sufferer. If you notice that you become easily stressed and that it affects your eczema then you should find ways and means of reducing your stress, Make some time for yourself each day to simply relax and enjoy something, whether it’s reading a good book or reclining in the bath. Meditation is an excellent method of stress release.
These days, toxins are all over the place. You need to pay attention to everything you use, as there isn’t I guess something free of toxins nowadays. Another factor is the environment, where the sufferers settle, they may have a warmer or drier climate, or a dirty place, and these surroundings leave to be the cause of eczema to a severe stage. Food is also a factor that may trigger eczema, the food you might eat may have small fatty acids and amino acids, which limit the skin development and repair.
The other element to the causes of eczema is the usage of perfume and lotions that creates an irritant to the skin, and causes the dryness of the skin and leads to itching. To free yourself of the causes, always take responsible of your skin; make sure that the environment you are staying has a humid temperate, eat healthy food, maintain balance diet and avoid using scented and lotion products that you believe irritate your skin. Having eczema may also cause the change of attitude to the sufferer, he/she may lose his/her self-esteem, to evade this situation constantly socializes and boosts your self-esteem.
Certain chemicals which can irritate the skin and cause periodic eruptions of eczema. This is known as “contact dermatitis” and occurs when the skin gets inflamed due to touching certain objects or substances. Things like household cleaning products, soaps, synthetic fabrics and pieces of jewelry have been observed as the cause of these types of reactions.
If you don’t have eczema yet, but you do one or all of those above, please watch out. Prevention is better than cure. Stope the cause and the disease will cease to exist or never even hit your body.
And now off to the last and most important part,
The term eczema refers to a process associated with itching that affects the skin. Although the last mechanisms involved in each type of eczema are different, there is in each of them an alteration in the white blood cells, which facilitates an abnormal immunological reaction to substances external to the individual.
Treatments and remedies vary according to the type of eczema that the patient presents, according to their severity, as well as other factors. But most of the time, it will be necessary to refer to a combination of treatments to treat eczema. During the consultation, the doctor will thus try to determine the type of eczema and assess the severity to prescribe the appropriate medications and ointments.
Here is a list of some recommendations to better deal with eczema.
They include some recommendations such as avoiding excessive washing, using specific products for hygiene (without detergents), keeping the skin well hydrated, avoiding contact with irritating products, etc. In the case of allergic eczema, it is essential to avoid Contact with those specific products to which an allergy is diagnosed.
They are based on the use of topical corticosteroids for a limited period of time. According to the area and the type of eczema, your dermatologist will recommend one type or another of corticosteroid, as well as the most suitable excipient (cream, ointment, solution). Topical immunomodulators (pimecrolimus and tacrolimus) are also sometimes used. Seborrheic eczema can be improved with antifungals in the form of cream or cleansing gels.
Oral corticosteroids are reserved for those serious cases and always for short periods of time. In atopic dermatitis or superimposed eczema, oral antibiotics may be effective as adjunctive treatment. Also, there are treatments as phototherapy or immunosuppressive drugs or systemic immunomodulators like cyclosporine, methotrexate, azathioprine, tacrolimus, etc, those treatments are exceptional cases that do not respond to previous treatments. It should always be kept in mind that all these treatments must be prescribed and supervised by a dermatologist.
Those are some of the practices that help so much with eczema. Try them out and see what works for you personally.
There you have it guys. That’s my take on eczema, its symptoms, causes as well as some of the best practices to help treat it. The one thing I need you guys to keep in mind is that prevention is better than cure. In almost all diseases, if you get to protect yourself first, before it hits you, you are more likely to better manage it, especially skin conditions.
Now, I want you guys to share your opinions with us. What do you guys think of those treatments options listed above? What other practices you guys tried and worked perfectly well for you? Are there any certain challenges you face when suffering from eczema?
Let us know in the comment below. We are more than happy to hear from you.