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Information about Eczema

We Have to Know about the Eczema

  • Inflammatory skin response, not contagious
  • Also called as dermatitis

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Itching and redness of skin?

Causes of Eczema

  • Allergic asthma, hay fever or food allergies
  • Contact with an allergen or irritant
  • Dry environment, very hot showers, stress
  • Poor blood circulation in lower legs
  • Sebaceous glands produce excess oil, seen mostly in AIDS patient

Do’s and Don’ts of Eczema

  • Use moisturizing creams
  • Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures, dry wind, and harsh soaps
  • Use a room humidifier during the winter

Signs & Symptoms of Eczema

  • Patches of itching red, brown or normally colored, raised skin, tiny bumps or blisters that may ooze fluid
  • In babies- seen on face or groin
  • In children- inside of the elbow or back of the knee
  • In adults- hands, feet, ankles, and groin

Medical advice for Eczema

  • Develops an unexplained rash
  • Skin is painfully dry
  • Yellowish to light brown crust, or pus-filled blisters, develop over existing patches of eczema

Risk factors of Eczema

  • Children with asthma
  • The family history of allergies
  • Men of 55 years and older, with dry skin
  • AIDS patient
  • Alcohol consumption Asthma and hay fever. Eczema sometimes precedes these conditions
  • Chronic itchy, scaly skin
  • Skin infections
  • Irritant hand dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Sleep problems

Treatment for Eczema

  • Moisturizing creams and ointments
  • Medications

Self-care for Eczema

  • Wear loose clothing, preferably cotton
  • Soak in a medicated bath
  • In children use a wet body wrap

Investigations for Eczema

  • Investigation of allergy is of major importance in the diagnosis of eczema. It is mainly based on patient history: personal and familial atopic antecedents, possible contact with allergens at the work-site, in the household or during leisure activities, or in topical medications, cosmetics or clothing
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