What is Eczema?
Eczema is a term for a broad range of skin conditions. The eczema symptoms include an eczema rash, itchiness, redness and dryness. In some cases, eczema gets so bad that oozing, cracking and bleeding occur. When eczema, including hand eczema and face eczema, heals it can cause a temporary discoloration of the skin, but rarely leaves scars.
There are several types of eczema that are considered common:
• Atopic Dermatitis – Atopic eczema is considered to be an allergic type of eczema. It also affects some people who have a family history of asthma and hay fever. Affected areas with eczema atopic include the neck, scalp, head, and the inside of knees and elbows.
• Contact Dermatitis – There are two categories of this type of eczema, irritant and allergic. It is estimated that in three-quarters of cases, contact eczema is caused by skin coming into contact with an irritant, not an allergic reaction.
• Seborrhoeic Dematitis – Known as “cradle cap” in babies, it is akin to dandruff. It is curable in most cases.
• Xerotic Eczema – This type of eczema is caused by dry skin. In this case, skin dries out so badly that it turns into eczema and cracks open, resembling a river bed.
There are also a few other types of eczema that are less common. These include dyshidrosic eczema, discoid eczema, venous eczema, neurodermatitis, and autoeczematization.
Since there are different things that trigger eczema, there are also different ways to treat it. There is no single eczema cure. And only some forms of eczema can be cured. Others are believed to be an abnormal response of the body’s immune system to the its environment and can only be treated as to minimize symptoms.
People with eczema should moisturize their skin frequently, reduce stress, and avoid irritating their skin with scratchy fabrics and harsh detergents. They should avoid sweating too much. Eczema diet is also important, as certain foods can contribute to eczema. Any possible food allergies should be ruled out.
One of the major goals of eczema treatment is to prevent long-term damage to the skin. An eczema cream and eczema lotion are common ways to do this. These eczema remedies can relieve itching associated with skin rashes and moisturize dry skin at the same time.
Corticosteroids and antibiotics are also used to help eczema. These drugs can be rather harsh on the body and interfere with the immune system, so many people prefer to use home remedies eczema. These include:
• Cold compresses – Treating eczema this way helps relieve itching and inflammation.
• Wet wrap therapy – This also helps with itchy and inflamed patches of eczema. Apply a wet (with water or special lotion) dressing to the affected areas. Place a dry dressing on top of that and leave overnight.
• Wear cotton – It is the least irritating fabric and all-natural.
• Eliminate allergens – from both your home and your diet.
• Use a mild cleanser – Don’t use any harsh soaps or detergents.
Of course, if none of the home remedies for eczema work, a doctor may be able to find the best treatment. Severe eczema would probably need a doctor. A physician would know the most about treating severe eczema.
Some new prescription treatments for eczema, with less side effects than traditional treatments, have recently been developed and used with great results.
All in all, the treatment of eczema depends largely on the eczema cause and what type of eczema it is. Depending on the type and severity of the eczema, it may even be able to be cured at home. Even when healing eczema is not a possibility, there is always something that can be done to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
Always consult with your doctor or a certified professional trainer before undertaking any exercises, treatments, or dietary supplements.