10.18.07

Eczema Facts

Posted in Dermatitis at 2:52 pm

  • Around one in 12 adults and one in five children have eczema.
  • There are many different types of eczema from mild to severe including Atopic Eczema - the most common form that often runs in families and Contact Eczema which may be caused by irritants such as detergents.
  • Eczema is a non-contagious inflammatory condition of the skin. The term “eczema” comes from the Greek word ekzein meaning “to boil over”.
  • The most common features of eczema are very itchy, dry, red skin. The itching and scratching, commonly known as the “itch-scratch-itch cycle”, are seen as the most distressing part of eczema, causing disturbed sleep for the person with eczema.
  • Conventional treatments include moisturizers and topical steroids. However, everyone’s skin is different, what helps one will not always help another.
  • If not treated appropriately the skin may get more irritated and itchy leading to more scratching and damage to the skin. Emotionally and physically this can be devastating.

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