The medical name for eczema is atopic dermatitis. Eczema causes red, itchy, irritated skin usually on the arms and legs but it can appear anywhere on the body.
It is not contagious. It does seem to run in families and often people who have eczema have asthma or hay fever. Most eczema sufferers are children who may outgrow the condition. Others will continue to be affected as adults. Some people may first show symptoms in old age.
Eczema comes and goes. It is a chronic problem but usually is not serious. It can be irritating and embarrassing. The cause of eczema is unknown but it may be due to a malfunction in the immune system that causes the skin condition. It is important to try to figure out what triggered the eczema so that you can avoid breakouts.
Be Gentle to Your Skin
Do not use harsh soaps or cleansers on your skin. Find a soap that is not too drying and does not have chemicals or perfumes that might irritate the skin. Use warm, not hot, water when bathing. Dry the skin gently with a soft towel.
If your skin is dry, use an oil to keep it moist and protected. The safest oils will be cold pressed organic oils like almond, sesame or even extra virgin olive oil. These oils contain no chemicals or fragrances that might trigger your eczema. If dry air is a problem, use a humidifier.
Wear cotton clothing, especially in hot weather. Avoid wool and any synthetic clothing that might irritate the skin. In cold weather dress warm to protect the skin from extremes.
Use a mild laundry detergent for clothing and linens. If necessary, use an extra rinse cycle for personal laundry so no chemical residue stays on your clothing.
When using harsher household cleaners always wear rubber gloves. Try to identify and eliminate any products that irritate your skin or dry it out. Experiment until you find the products that work best for you.
If your skin is itchy try not to scratch it. If necessary wear gloves, especially at night, if you find it hard to keep from scratching. A cool bath with oatmeal sprinkled on the water can ease itching. Cool compresses on the skin may also help relieve itchiness.
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