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Eczema - Learn the symptoms and treatments.

May 10, 2008
Medical science is still divided by what exactly causes eczema and whether it is a genetic trait; it could however, be the result of something else entirely. The signs are quite unmistakable, with areas of dry, red and itchy skin that are very pronounced.

These are not the only signs because someone who suffers with it may also have some blisters in these areas that appear to have a crust like surface.

The most common type is known generally as atopic eczema; like all the other types, this one is characterized by itching as well. Atopic eczema brings with increased itching compare to other forms but is relieved when the sufferer scratches; Find out why Eczema is a serious problem

Unfortunately this just makes the condition worse.People who suffer with this also have to stay clear of many everyday substances because using those makes the condition far worse; substances such as cosmetics, soaps a nd detergents products are just a few they must avoid if they do not wish flare-ups.

In small children it can usually be seen, in most cases, as a patch just below the child's skin. There are occasions where a person with eczema can have a rash but it is not itchy; the disorder is not responsible if the itching is not present.

Eczema patients are given creams and lotions for example to use when they have flare-ups but if they use the treatment on some itchy skin where there is a rash and if the itching is helped but the rash remains it is more than likely that the rash has nothing to do with the itch.

Another problem to be aware of before this disorder is diagnosed, is that other conditions have itching as a symptom of a medical condition. Whilst Eczema and a rash always coexist at the same time, the reason the rash itches is still a mystery. The redness seen in the rash is the result of increased blood flow in the area, sometimes caused by the scratching.

With eczema, the skin can become inflamed for many reasons because it is already highly sensitive; it can also flare up if your skin gets infected by a bacteria. Small blisters are quite common around the affected area and sometimes these blisters are large; a bacterial infection or a condition of your particular skin type many be the cause of this. This is a situation that needs to be monitored as the blisters contain fluids; bursting these blisters is not advisable if you do not want further infection.
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