What is Eczema?
Eczema is a term for different types of skin inflammation or disorder (dermatitis). The symptoms of eczema usually include itchy, reddened, dry skin. Many things are thought to cause this type of skin irritation such as dryness, soaps and detergents, cleaning products, rubber gloves and even cosmetic lotions and creams, but, the causes of eczema have not been fully determined. Allergies, stress, irritants, and genetic factors are all also believed to be related to the development of this condition. The tendency to have skin reactions like this often runs in families. People with eczema involving their hands may also have symptoms of asthma, food allergies, or hay fever.
Eczemais also known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema (the most common form of eczema). Atopic eczema mainly affects children, but it can continue into adulthood or start later in life. The word eczema comes from the Greek word ekzein meaning "to boil out"; the Greek word ek means "out", while the Greek word zema means boiling.
This chronic skin condition usually causes the skin becomes itchy, reddened, cracked and dry. Approximately 30% of all skin-related doctor visits result in a diagnosis of atopic eczema. It affects both males and females equally, as well as people from different ethnic backgrounds. Most general practitioners and primary care physicians in Western Europe, North America and Australia say the number of people diagnosed each year with eczema has been rising in recent years.
Since the skin is itchy, prolonged scratching often occurs which in turn leads to reddened, irritated, scaling skin or to a leathery thickening of the skin (sometimes called lichenification). Cracking and weeping of the skin may also occur and open sores may become infected.
To diagnose eczema, doctors rely on a thorough physical examination of the skin as well as the patient’s account of the history of the condition. In particular, the doctor will ask when the condition appeared, if the condition is associated with any changes in environment or contact with certain materials, and whether it is aggravated in any specific situations. Eczema may have a similar appearance to other diseases of the skin, so the diagnosis is not always simple. In some cases, a biopsy of the skin may be taken in order to rule out other skin diseases that may be producing signs and symptoms similar to eczema. If a doctor suspects that a patient has allergic contact dermatitis, allergy tests, possibly including a skin "patch test," may be carried out in an attempt to identify the specific trigger of the condition.
Is Eczema Contagious?
If you wonder about whether or not eczema is contagious, you can rest well: it’s not. Though the condition can be incredibly embarrassing and painful, it is not something that a person can pass to someone through touching or even by exchanging fluids. The following includes some basic facts about the skin condition.
Really, the only way to have eczema is to be born with the condition and to have it triggered by one of many things. If you have a family history of eczema, it is likely that you too have the condition. Nearly anything can trigger eczema: changes in weather, detergents, fabrics, soaps, lotions, perfumes and even stress. When you experience the symptoms of eczema, it is important to think about whether or not you have made any lifestyle changes that may have triggered the condition. If you know your triggers, you can then avoid them and lessen the appearance and severity of eczema’ssymptoms.
Reportedly, there is no cure for eczema, but there are treatments for it to help alleviate the symptoms.
Modern Western Medicine
In general creams contain steroids including Betnovate, Calmurid HC, and 1% of Hydrocortisone. However this medication reduces the reaction of your skin but does not cure the problem.
Natural Cures for Eczema
There are some natural eczema cures that have been proven to be beneficial. They are as follows:
2. Western Herbal Therapy
4. Traditional Chinese Medicine
5. Chinese Herbal Medicine
10. Nutritional Therapy
12. Neurolinguistic Programming
Before starting any treatment, it is necessary to consult the physician and get to know the right sort of medication for this skin disorder.
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