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SKIN CARE: Eczema, a common skin disorder??

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Eczema is a skin condition that makes the skin become itchy red, cracked and dry. The most common type of Eczema is known as Atopic Eczema, which mostly affects children, however, there is a risk that it can be a lifelong problem.  About 80% of all new cases develop in children before the age of 5. Children or adults who develop this condition are said to feel physically impaired. It is not uncommon for children who develop Atopic Eczema to shortly become a victim of asthma. This is primarily because the  same substance that creates this condition, is the same substance that triggers asthma. This skin condition affects both men and women of all different ethnic background and is usually found on places such as the hands, ankles,  knees, wrists, face, neck and upper chest. Eczema is a condition that is passed genetically. An individuals lifestyle can worsen the condition. 60% of children who are sufferers of eczema have at least one parent who is affected by this condition.  The most common symptoms associated with Atopic Eczema include the following:
  • Broken and cracked skin in certain areas.
  • Dry and itchy skin, especially at night time. 
  • Irritated skin may thicken. 
  • Irritated skin becomes red and inflamed. 
  • Blisters may appear.     
  • Raised bumps.
  • Skin may change colors, brown grayed color patches.  
The symptoms above do not include what would occur during a flare up. If the skin becomes flared up, extreme agitation may occur.  It may become more red, itchy, inflamed and blisters may begin to pop. A flare-up can last for days or several weeks at a time. Also, bacterial infections is a huge risk, if your skin flares up. This condition ranges from mild, to moderate to severe. If severe enough, it can often disrupt an individual and their sleep cycle. Studies also show that hormones can increase these conditions. A woman's menstrual cycle and pregnancy can increase theses risks. 

In order to reduce flare-ups, an individual should avoid the following:
  • Long hot showers
  • Mental Stress
  • Dry Air
  • Clothing, like wool       
  • Smoking
  • Dust, Sand and excessive sweating.
  • Certain soaps and fragrances. 
  • Hard water.
  • Foods, such as eggs, milk, nuts, soya and wheat (for children, not adults).
If an individual is experiencing this type of skin agitation, they should visit their doctor immediately. There are no laboratory tests that can diagnose eczema, however your doctor will examine your medical history and the current areas that may be affected. Generally a full medical history is needed upon examination. Currently there is no cure. If your doctor diagnoses you with Eczema, then you will probably require a life style change that will help your skin condition not worsen. For example, an individual may have to change their diet as well as create environments that have less dust or anything listed previously that may create flare ups. 





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