That burning sensation just cannot be ignored; it starts slowly, sneakily, but before you know it, it has grown to epic proportions and you just have to scratch! And then comes “The Look” from Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Teacher, someone, and all you can say is, “But it itches!” For about 10-20% of the world, Eczema is the culprit of said “itchings”. So we thought some explanation of Eczema was in order.
Eczema produces patches of red, flaky and itchy skin. The worst patches can even ooze liquid. Anyone can get it, but it is not contagious. Eczema is essentially the skin’s oversensitive reaction to a trigger. A trigger can be anything from a “contact allergy”: pet dander, soaps, laundry products, food allergies, stress, and yes, even the fragrance in your favorite perfume or body wash.
Eczema, when present on infants, is often on their scalp, neck, foreheads, cheeks, forearms, and legs. Children and adults usually have eczema on their neck, face, ankles, and inside the elbow and knees. Often children with eczema will outgrow the condition, but some people will have it off and on their entire life.
The most common type of Eczema is Atopic Dermatitis. This type is caused by a reaction to an allergen or irritant. People with this form are also more likely to develop asthma and hay fever. Some Eczema can be caused directly or indirectly by clothes: tight clothes can irritate the skin by rubbing, and certain laundry soaps and detergents can be triggers, as mentioned above.
But there is relief from Eczema! – (other than the scratching that never seems to really help anyway). Of course, try to stay away from things that might cause your skin irritation. Since Eczema leads to dry skin, make sure to keep your skin moisturized. Take warm baths and showers instead of hot, follow with an application of a good moisturizing cream. Emu-Lac, which we blogged about a couple weeks ago, is a terrific moisturizer. Noble Formula products were specifically created to combat itching, redness, irritation, scaling and flaking (just like it says on the bottle!). It has a great track record and a ‘satisfaction or money back-no quibble’ guarantee. So next time you just have to scratch…grab a bottle of Noble Formula instead.
Want more information? Feel free to explore our website: www.4myskin.com (A good place to start is under Treatments & Disease). Other informational sites you might find useful include: www.everydayhealth.com/eczema/eczema-basics.aspx ; www.wisegeek.com; www.emedicinehealth.com/eczema/article_em.htm ; and www.aad.org