Everything you need to know about eczema

You’ve probably hear the term eczema before, and are aware it’s a problem relating to the skin condition. But what is eczema more precisely, and how do I know if I’m suffering from it?

Eczema is not only a single disease, but in fact a group of health conditions relating to the skin. The most common condition in this group is atopic eczema, also know as atopic dematitis. Sufferers of atopic skin conditions are also prone to developing other allergic reactions, such as hay fever and asthma, which affect the body’s immune system.

Eczema itself is more frequent in the case of children, as they tend to be more sensitive, but it can also affect adults of all ages, and as sufferers will know can have a debilitating affect on their lives. This can range from small patches of itchy, flaky skin right up to large patches of reddened or even bleeding skin and can be excruciatingly painful.

With this in mind, whether you’re suffering from a mild or severe case of eczema, the best thing you can possibly do is remove any allergen which is causing the reaction.  House dust mite allergy sufferers can find useful information on these pages about house to remove dust from their home.

For others though eczema may be hereditary, or brought on by factors that are difficult or impossible to diagnose.  If a child develops eczema in his early life, there’s are high chances to outgrow it in time. Still, some people will suffer from symptoms for their entire life, without properly determining the cause. If this is the case, most people will be able to control their eczema with the proper medication but rather than a lifetime of lathering on expensive creams and taking prescription medication, it’s far more worthwhile to find out what you’re allergic to, and take steps to avoid it.

What does eczema looks like?

Eczema develops on your skin and will often be found in the joints, or creases of the body.  It often appears on people’s wrists, inner elbows, neck and face but can flare up anywhere and at any point.  This can often be a change in the atmosphere such as the heating or air conditioning or sweating brought on by exercise.