Eczema: What You Need To Know

Eczema: What Is It All About?

Perhaps you’ve been noticing irritating, itchy rashes or inflamed patches of dry or oily skin, and wondered what that was all about.  Maybe you have one of the various forms of eczema.  This is a name that’s been given to various conditions of inflamed skin, otherwise called “dermatitis.”  There is a variety to become aware of, though most experience atopic dermatitis.

Eczema still carries with it a stigma of sorts because it appears unsightly – but many people have it at one time or another.  It is a common skin malady.  It doesn’t matter what age, race or sex you are, either.  Infants commonly contract the condition, but in half of the babies who get it, they will no longer experience the condition after age three.  Of course then, the other half will suffer forms of it throughout their lives.

Family history seems to be an indicator of who is most at risk.  Like other allergies – such as seasonal hay fever or asthma – heritage plays a vital role as to who will be more susceptible.  Thus, understanding your own family’s history with these types of conditions will help understand and treat your own case of eczema.

Again, there is no reason to be embarrassed if you present symptoms of this type of dermatitis.  Many people have it.  In fact, roughly 20% of young children and about 1-2% of adults will report symptoms of eczema.  It is fairly common to know people who have or have had this condition.

What, pray tell, will cause this irritating condition?  The unfortunate answer is that medical research is ongoing – the medical community isn’t entirely sure.  Nonetheless, it’s been indicated that atypical immune function plays a vital role.

Be Wary of Eczema and All It’s Variety Of Forms

Eczema takes a variety of forms, and can be caused when the skin comes into contact with irritants such as: detergents, cleaning chemicals and even certain fabrics.  Any allergens, known or unknown (since allergic reactions can come and go as well), can also give rise to this skin condition.  Finally, climate changes can increase the likelihood of contracting the ailment.

Keep an eye out for any symptoms like dry, reddish skin – especially if it’s also itchy and localized for you to identify the right eczema treatment needed.  Though each person’s experience will be unique to them, the overall symptoms are recognizable and a visit to the doctor may be warranted.  Like anything – identifying the problem is step one, the doctors can do that for you and prescribe treatment.  Putting an end to the nagging itch can result from a simple visit.