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Eczema Explained

Jun 15, 2008
Eczema is a skin disorder that affects as many as ten to twenty percent of the world's population. It causes the skin to turn red and itch, and creates flaky patches of skin.

It occurs because of environmental irritants or other physical circumstances that cause an inflammation of the skin. As a matter of fact, no one is immune from eczema, though a family history of the condition will increase the odds of suffering from it.

At present, the cure for eczema eludes mankind though the condition can be treated so that immediate relief is forthcoming. The main function of the skin of course is to prevent infections and disease from affecting us. Although, when such capabilities become compromised due to over sensitive irritants (external) or triggers as they are also referred to as, then a reaction that then turns into eczema results.

Eczema can not only affect adults, but infants and children as well. In infants, the disease can be recognized on their cheeks, forehead, forearms, neck, and scalp and even on the legs. In some cases it will appear as itchy red patches on the neck, face, inside portion of the elbows, ankles, and knees.

Different forms of eczema develop largely due to the nature of the irritant and the form of the eczema itself. More often than not, a person that has eczema will have atopic dermatitis, which is the most common type. Sadly, this will likely cause them to suffer from food allergies, asthma, and hay fever as well.

Occupational eczema occurs when a person has allergic reactions due to the nature of the environment at their workplace. Another type of eczema is nummular eczema. This form appears as blotches on the skin and is worsened by clothing that fits tightly to the skin, thus causing an irritation.

Eczema has no known cure yet, though a change in lifestyle will be effective in treating it. Furthermore, it is best to keep the skin well-hydrated in order to prevent a flare-up of this disease.
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