Eczema, do you know what is it? What are the causes of it? You should know the causes of eczema at first place; so that you can take appropriate care of it to prevent it from getting worsen.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by rash, dryness, and itching. There are three types of Eczema: Atopic Eczema, Nummular Eczema, and Hand Eczema.
Atopic Eczema in other words known as "Atopic dermatitis," is a most common skin disease, and it affects about 3% of the U.S. When the disease starts in infancy, it is sometimes called infantile eczema.
Nummular eczema can occur anywhere on the body and usually affects adults. It is characterized by a ringworm-like rash of circular, itchy, scaling patches.
Hand eczema appears as scaly, cracked skin usually on the palms of the hand. Hand Eczema affects patients of all ages, especially young adults.
Eczema is an allergic problem. People with eczema often have other allergies, like asthma or hay fever. Unfortunately, the allergens or irritants that trigger an episode of eczema are difficult to track down.
One of the known aggravating factors is the rapid change of temperature and humidity. Many children with eczema are worse during the wintertime when the air is relatively drier.
On the other hand, some youngsters get worse when they sweat during the summertime. Rough, scratchy, or tight clothing, especially clothes made of wool or stiff fabrics can cause eczema. Also, direct contact with animals, especially their saliva or fur, and emotional upset can trigger an episode of eczema.
The most common foods accused of triggering a bout of eczema are cows milk, wheat, citrus, egg white, peanuts and fish.
In infants, the introduction of solid foods in the early stage of life can increase the child’s risk of developing Eczema.
Hand Eczema may be caused by irritation from too much exposure to wet work, detergents, oils and greases, solvents etc at home or in the workplace; and/or contact allergy to a specific substance e.g. cement, nickel, lanolin etc. or a combination of the above factors.
There are some home care suggestions that may help you:
• Use baking soda as an after bath powder to help dry the skin.
• Keep your environment moist.
• Buy and use cosmetics judiciously.
• Avoid the use of soap as it has a tendency to dry the skin.
• Some physicians recommend using petroleum jelly on the skin, as it helps to trap the moisture on the skin.
One of my friends has uses a combination of two creams but of course under the supervision of skin specialist. These are Natrum Muriaticum and Florasone cream. Talk to your dr and then try these creams. It will help you.
All the Best!