Eczema - Causes, Treatment, Prevention
What is Eczema?
“Eczema, also known as a atopic dermatitis, refers to a condition where sensitivity of the skin causes it to be easily inflamed and irritated,” explains Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a New York City dermatologist. While eczema is very common in children, it can strike at any age. Although eczema is not contagious, it tends to be a chronic condition with no known cure.
Types of Eczema
When your skin is red, inflamed or itchy, eczema may be to blame. The term eczema refers to a group of conditions responsible for this rash-like reaction in the skin. The most common form of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. While eczema is very common in children, it can strike at any age. Although Eczema is not contagious, it tends to be a chronic condition with no known cure. There are measures you can take to help alleviate the symptoms associated with eczema. Self-care treatments are important. Using gentle, fragrance-free skincare products and keeping the skin hydrated are key in keeping the itchiness and irritation associated with eczema under control. More on types of eczema >
Eczema flares, which appear on the skin as red, scaly, and itchy patches, can show up almost anywhere on your body, but the most common areas are backs of knees, inside of the elbows, neck, wrist, hands and feet. Using gentle, fragrance-free skincare products, taking warm—not hot—showers and keeping the skin hydrated are key in keeping the itchiness and irritation under control. More on eczema symptoms >
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What Causes Eczema?
The exact cause of eczema remains unknown, but it’s thought to be the immune system’s reaction to certain environmental irritants or triggers. The most common triggers for eczema include dry air, dust, pollen, synthetic fabrics in clothing or bedsheets, certain detergents or household cleaners, stress, heat, hot water or food allergies. More on What Causes Eczema >
Natural Remedies for Eczema
Typically, eczema can be treated at home. The best natural remedies for eczema include keeping the skin moisturized and using naturally healing skincare ingredients, including colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. Other healing therapies include taking baths with vinegar or using wet wraps on the skin to lock in topical moisturizers. Discuss alternative therapies for eczema with your dermatologist to be safe. More on natural treatments for eczema >
Everyday Care & Prevention
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