Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. It causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry, and perhaps even cracked and leathery. It can show up on any part of the body. It is a chronic problem for many people. Eczema is common in infants, however, many infants outgrow eczema before adulthood. Those with eczema also have a higher risk of developing allergic conditions like hay fever or asthma.
Eczema runs within families, with certain genes causing some to have extra sensitive skin. An overactive immune system may play a role as well. Defects in the skin barrier can also contribute, allowing moisture out through the skin and germs in. Triggers may include stress, contact with irritating substances like woolen or synthetic fabrics and soap, heat and sweat, cold and dry climates, and dry skin.
Good skin care is key for eczema treatment. With mild eczema, that may be sufficient treatment. Mild soap that won’t dry out the skin is great for cleansing when you have eczema. A good moisturizer is also key, and should be applied after bathing as well as one additional time each day. With severe eczema, adding a small amount of bleach to bath water can help kill bacteria that live on the skin.
Short, warm showers are also good treatment. Very hot or very long showers or baths may dry out your skin.
Managing stress by getting regular exercise and setting aside relax time will help. Examples include spending time with friends, laughing, listening to music, meditating or praying, or taking up a hobby.
A humidifier will prevent dry air from being stressful to your skin.
Under doctor guidance, other forms of treatment could include hydrocortisone, antihistamines, corticosteroids, UV light therapy, immune system affecting drugs, or prescription strength moisturizers.
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