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Eczema - What Is It? How To Treat It?
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Eczema  -  What is It? How to Treat It?

What is Eczema and what can you do about it. Explain the basic issues and the areas that are most effected and the time of year that most people are affected.

The cause of eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that occurs in infants that can start at 2 months, it can continue into adulthood, but it usually dissipates in most people approaching or early in adulthood.

It may be associated with an allergy of some type. If you see skin rashes showing up on parts of the body, check for the source and the possible reasons behind the change.

The area’s most affected

It depends on the age of the person with the condition. Younger children have issues in the hands , feet, scalp and face. Older children and adults have problems behind the knees and on the elbows and sometimes on the hands and feet.

The common treatments for Eczema

First of all, you have to stop the scratching and itching. Use moisturizers and creams. You may need to get one prescribed for you that contains steroids (athletes – make sure you know the contents if you are subject to testing!), or one that contains antihistamines.

These products will stop the itchiness and reduce the flare up. By all means, keep the area moist with proper creams and lotions - over the counter, or as prescribed.

Stay away from these things

  • Do not take long baths and if you do bath (yourself, or your child), don;t take a hot bath and don’t stay in the bath too long. When you are ready to dry the body do not rub the , just dab with a towel, although be aware of the material, wool towels are not suitable.
  • Also be aware of the detergent, softener and dryer softeners that you are using. Anything with harsh chemicals or heavily scented conditioners may irritate the area.
  • Try to stay in a cooler environment, as sweating may cause irritation.
  • If you have a child that is afflicted, be sure to keep their finger nails cut short so the child does not make the condition worse.
  • There are some foods that will affect the condition of eczema, usually from an allergy viewpoint, so be sure to check with a doctor if your child contracts the condition.
  • Keep yourself, or your child calm as much as you can. Stress and over excitement can cause eczema to flare up.

In conclusion, eczema can be very debilitating. It can be very bad if not dealt with, especially in young adults. I had a brother who had eczema and it showed up behind his knees. His skin cracked so bad that they started to bleed. He was in extreme discomfort and I would not wish this on anyone. So make sure you follow the advice in this and other articles you may find on the web. Do all that you can to alleviate the suffering that can be caused by eczema. You, or your child will be happier for it!

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