What is Eczema?
Eczema has been diagnosed into 2 types called atopic and contact. Contact eczema are the ones that usually occur on the hands or feet, while Atopic eczema are commonly found on skin surfaces like the joint of your arm, arm pits, behind knee caps etc. Atopic eczema is usually inherited from an older family member, it usually runs in the family.
Eczema causes the skin to become dry, itchy and cracked, it is inflammatory. Eczema commonly affects young children at an early age, but usually disappear after a while. Some eczema doesn’t appear until the child reaches teenage years, while in some cases, the Eczema doesn’t develop until adulthood.
Symptoms of eczema/dermatitis.
The major symptom related with Eczema is itching, and the areas affected will become red, flaky and often cracked. Eczema manifests differently in people. Some have only minor irritations from the itchy skin damages, others have distressing and long-lasting symptoms. One of the problems with eczema is that the more the victim itches the affected area, the worse the condition of the skin gets, and if the victim itches a lot, the skin can become cracked which can lead to infection, and then you’ll need a doctor prescribed treatment.
Non-medical treatment of eczema.
Purchasing creams is the most common way of treating eczema, but apart from this, there are other ways to treat eczema. In addition, there are ways to identify the cause of your eczema and steps to take for preventative actions. Some of these treatments include:
*. Hydration: Dehydration is a big symptom of dry skin, it makes the skin even drier than usual. Through research, there are evidence that suggest that dehydration can affect the cells in your body and trigger eczema. So, keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day can help your skin condition.
**. Clothing: Fabric like woollen jumper that causes your skin to become hot can further irritates a sufferer’s skin. Also, Rubber gloves are also known to irritate the skin, so, if you’re the type to wear gloves to wash dishes or do your gardening, then be careful of the types you buy.
***. Soaps and shower gel: Many soaps and handwash causes the skin to become drier than before, despite there claiming to the contrary. So, if you notice your skin becomes drier in the hours after taking your bath, then look for other replacements or medicated replacements from your pharmacy.
****. Daily activities: If you’re the type that washes your hand every time you visit the toilet for example, ensure you dry your hands properly. Also know that frequently washing and drying your hands can worsen eczema on the hands, so it is better to use a soap as substitute.
Medical treatment of eczema:
When you notice the symptoms of eczema on your skin, you should visit your local pharmacy, there they can prescribe creams and ointments. There are a lot of creams available to moisture your skin and help relieve the symptoms of eczema. While these creams are effective, they work for different types of skin, what will work for your skin might not work for mine, so be ready to try out different creams to find the one suitable for your skin. Emollients creams should be used at least 3-4 times daily.
If you have a more severe symptom, that won’t go away after a couple of weeks, then you should go see a GP. A GP will prescribe a steroid cream for you to use on your eczema. Your GP might probably ask you to keep using your emollient cream in addition to his prescribed steroid cream.
And in rare cases, you might be referred to a specialist by your GP if your eczema is not responding to any of the above treatment.