ECZEMA

The word ECZEMA comes from the Greek "Boil over "

ECZEMA is classified as a non-contagious atopic dermatitis with various causes and symptoms. The manifestations of some other forms of dermatitis may be somewhat similar, but ECZEMA should not be confused with ringworm [tinea] or psoriasis.

However, one's GP or a dermatologist will give an accurate diagnosis

 

Signs of ECZEMA

This type of dermatitis has quite confusing outbreaks and can come in many forms.
Typically one will see dry, red scaly patches, which can flake or even crack. The itch which accompanies ECZEMA causing scratching, which further irritates the condition and the open wounds are vulnerable to bacteria entering. In a case like this, infection results which may need antibiotic treatment.
Alternatively some forms of ECZEMA are "wet and weepy" and the resultant oozing presents a problem with coverings such as clothing.

ECZEMA is generally a chronic condition which often runs its course, possibly not to re-appear at a later stage, but there is no known cure.

It often seems to peak in infancy with lesions on the face, scalp, arms and legs and folds of the joints.

ECZEMA can run in families, and certain genes are thought to cause extra sensitive skin.
Another pattern seen is how ECZEMA is often associated with asthmatic conditions.

SOME POSSIBLE CAUSES

Lifestyle

Mites found in dust and surfaces like carpets, mattresses etc. may contribute to this skin complaint
Food allergies and dietary elements may be a trigger
Some sufferers have found that dairy products [including eggs] soybean, nuts and wheat can aggravate ECZEMA
Other factors like room temperature, heat with excessive sweating and humidity can also play a role
Alternatively cold climates causing dry skin may also be a cause
Contact with wool, synthetic fabrics, animal hair, soap and household detergents all come under the spotlight
An interesting case arose some years ago, whereby a domestic worker decided to save time by shortening the cycle on the washing machine thereby eliminating the important "rinse cycles ''
The detergents left in the clothing set off an angry dermatitis in the employer. After some very costly sessions with a dermatologist the above "time saving device "came to light!!

Treatment

Weak steroids like Hydro-cortisone or the use of sedating anti-histamine products have known to assist and attempt to minimize the itch.

Still found in many household medicine cabinets is old fashioned calamine lotion, which some swear by.

In more stubborn cases medical help must be sought so that more intense treatment can be introduced.

So all of the above indicates that ECZEMA, though not life threatening, needs much perseverance by the sufferer

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