What is Eczema?
Eczema refers to an umbrella term that appertains to a group of inflammatory dry skin conditions that vary in form from case to case. It is also referred to as dermatitis which basically draws from its inflammatory nature. Eczema varies in severity sometimes coming in mild forms of minor itchiness, dryness and rashes in the affected areas to more severe types that manifest in areas of skin that crack and ooze. Severe cases necessitate visits to skin specialists for treatment to avoid infections.
What Causes Eczema?
Atopic eczema has been found to be caused through the relations of different factors mainly hereditary as well as environmental. There is no clear cause of most other forms of these conditions. Doctors have however concluded that it could occur due to some factors being in play such as: abnormalities in skin which encourage germs to get in and skin to dry up faster, environmental factors, genetic factors, weak immune systems and activities that put the skin at a risk of higher sensitivity.
Who Is At A Risk Of Getting Eczema?
This condition is mostly found in children. However, eczema generally affects people of all ages. In some cases one can get it in their childhood years and grow out of it as years pass by. In some cases however, it has been known to recur in adult life. Eczema is not contagious however so there is no risk of getting it from someone else who has it.
How Is Eczema Managed?
Eczema can be managed by simply taking good care of the skin especially if it is the mild form. This means doing things such as using mild soaps that are not harsh on the skin, applying moisturizers, good exercise regimes to help the skin clean out, taking short warm showers and so on. Severe cases necessitate a visit to a dermatologist for treatment.
All in all eczema is a completely manageable condition. With good information about it, encouragement and extra care on the skin through daily skin care regimes or treatment; you can lead a perfectly normal, healthy and happy life even if you have eczema.