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Dealing with Eczema

Dealing with EczemaEczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that mostly affects children and adolescents. Eczema is a common skin condition that can affect anyone at any age; it is a skin condition that can affect both men and women.
Eczema is not life threatening nor is it contagious. Some people have struggled with facial eczema since childhood. Dealing with it, let alone treating it can be difficult for some.

Symptoms
If you experience unbearable itchiness, discomfort in doing normal activities, dry and flaky skin, and deep cuts and wounds that scar, you may be suffering from Eczema. This itching usually occurs before the rash appears. Common location for the red rash is the face, hands and feet, the back of the knees, and the wrists, but the eczema rash can show up in other places, too. The affected skin might appear scaly and dry. It might also thicken. In patients with fair skin, it might first appear red in colour before fading to brown. Eczema may also affect skin pigment in people with darker skin.

Causes
Dermatologists believe that a person is more likely to develop eczema if a family member has it or if they have a problem with their immune system (the bodies’ defense against disease). If one or both of your parents have eczema, you are at risk of having symptoms, but your symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe, experts say.

Tips to treat Eczema
Nowadays there are various types of medicine that can help you quickly treat eczema. However, for those with sensitive skin, it is not advisable to indiscriminately apply all manner of medical products directly to the skin. When you are dealing with eczema, the following professional tips will help:

Consult a trusted Dermatologist
If you are unsure of your condition and merely suspect you might be having eczema, it is important to consult a dermatologist.

Use Moisturisers
One of the most common triggers of eczema is dry skin. You should therefore avoid places with low humidity, or using harsh soaps and hot bath as all these can contribute to dry skin. To combat dryness, the use of moisturisers could be of great benefit. You could develop a skincare routine; an advisable skincare regime centres on keeping the skin well moisturised and clean. For instance, use a good moisturiser all over your body within three minutes after taking a bath.


Compiled by Gabriel Ifinnwa

 

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