Learning about Eczema: Symptoms & Treatment

If you have noticed a rash or irritation on your skin, you may be experiencing a skin condition called Eczema. This type of skin condition is many times inherited and may be the root of other health issues.

Read more to find symptoms, treatment options and other health problems that may arise if you suffer from this skin condition.

Causes of Eczema

If suffer from eczema you may be wondering what is the root cause for this uncomfortable skin condition.

The main cause of the eczema comes from the way the immune system is reacting to an irritation. The formation of inflammation is an overreaction caused by the immune system.

Symptoms

Itching and dry skin are the two common symptoms of eczema.

The areas of the body that may be affected include:

  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Back of knees
  • Face

Diagnosis

If you feel that you may be suffering from eczema it is best to see a dermatologist.  There is no specific allergy test for eczema, but your doctor will be able to tell if it is in fact eczema by looking at the area of irritation and by asking a series of questions.

While eczema does not have any specific tests, because those that suffer from eczema also have various allergies, your doctor may also administer an allergy test, which includes allergens being put on the skin to determine if there is a reaction.

Treatment options

When it comes to treating eczema is important to be aware of any allergies that may worsen your skin irritation.

After being tested for possible allergies, there are a variety of treatments available based on your symptoms.

  • Creams and ointments can be used for those that need help with inflammation of the skin and also areas of skin that have been infected with a bacteria.

  • Antihistamines are used for those suffering from itching of the skin.

  • Immunomodulators is a drug that is used for those that have more moderate eczema. This type of drug helps to aid the immune system in how it responds to irritants.

Prevention

When it comes to prevention, it is key to find out what your triggers for inflammation occur. These might come from certain products or even from certain environments.

Some possible prevention tips include:

  • Using some form of moisturize on a daily basis
  • Avoiding any foods that cause you to have allergic outbreaks
  • Lowering stress levels
  • Using soaps and detergents made for sensitive skin
  • Try to avoid overheating (avoiding hot tubs or saunas)

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