This is a general look at eczema.
I am not a doctor. I am just sharing with you my experiences. Having had psoriasis for 20+ years and sharing conversations about skin disorders with a lot of people that notice my skin condition, that talk to me about our soaps, lotions, creams, and oils here at Silly Goats Soap for their skin, or who have visited my other psoriasis website www.LatestPsoriasistreatment.org.
Over the past 20+ years I have suffered with my skin disorder, I have talked with many, many people that have or are suffering with eczema and other skin conditions.
Today we will look at some of it characteristics of this skin disorder, who it effects, and some treatments. If you think you or any of your children might have this skin disorder, We highly recommend you see your doctor. We do not claim to be medical professionals.
First, let’s look at the origin of the word eczema.
The word 'eczema’ comes from the Greek language that means ‘to boil over’.
Eczema is also known as:
What Does Eczema Look Like?
- Inflammation, redness and oozing of affected areas of skin.
- Dry skin, which is often thickened in the areas that have been scratched or that are infected.
- Blisters in those affected areas.
- Signs of superficial infection such as weeping or crusty deposits.
Who is Effected By Eczema?
Unfortunately 10-20% of the population that is effected are infants and children. Usually they will outgrow it by the age of ten, but may resurface from time to time throughout their life. 2-3% of adults suffer from it too.
What Areas Are Effected?
Itching will almost always start before the rash starts to appear. When it does, the rash most commonly appears on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet.
What Causes Eczema?
Just like psoriasis, the doctors do not know what causes the outbreaks. Just like psoriasis they say it is some sort of autoimmune disease. The body cannot filter out the toxins in your body through the liver and kidneys and it comes out through the skin.
Flare ups occur (with people who are susceptible) by having some sort of trauma to the skin. Could be cold, hot, rough material to the skin, chemicals like soap, detergents.
What Can You Do To Help It Feel Better?
The main goal always for treating eczema is to relieve and prevent the itching, which may lead to skin infection. Doctors can prescribe all sorts of anti-inflammatory creams, pills, injections and even photo-therapy sessions.
Since this disorder makes skin dry and itchy, soaps, lotions are recommended to keep the skin moist. These products are usually applied when the skin is damp, such as after bathing, to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.