Relief From Seven Types of Eczema
If your skin itches and turns red from time to time, there is a good chance you might have the skin condition known as eczema which while it is very common in children, adults can suffer from it too.
Children and adults with eczema often have allergies or asthma along with the red, itchy skin.
Although each eczema type has its own set of symptoms and triggers, there are also some common symptoms for all types of eczema, namely:
- Dry, scaly skin
- Itching, which may be intense
Seven Different Types of Eczema
1. Atopic dermatitis is the most common of eczema, usually first occurring in childhood, and often becoming milder or even disappearing by adulthood. Atopic dermatitis is often part of a triad along with asthma and hay fever with many having all three conditions. In atopic dermatitis, the symptoms are:
- A rash forming in the creases of the elbows or knees.
- The skin (in those areas where the rash appears) may turn lighter or darker, or get thicker.
- Small bumps can appear and if scratched, become weepy with fluid.
- Very young children will often get the rash on their scalp and cheeks.
- Scratching affected skin can become infected.
2. Contact dermatitis leads to red, irritated skin that is caused by a reaction to substances you touch. There are two types, allergic contact dermatitis (an immune system reaction to an irritant like latex or metal) and irritant contact dermatitis (when a chemical or other substance irritates your skin). With contact dermatitis, the symptoms are:
- The skin itching, turning red along with burning and stinging.
- The possible appearance of itchy bumps known as hives.
- The appearance of blisters that can ooze fluid and crust over.
- In time, the skin may thicken, feeling scaly or leathery.
3. Dyshidrotic eczema is when small blisters form on your hands and feet and is more likely to occur in women than men. In dyshidrotic eczema, symptoms can include:
- Fluid-filled blisters that can form on the fingers, toes, palms and/or soles of your feet.
- These same blisters can itch or be painful.
- The skin can scale, crack and flake.
- Red, itchy and dry hands.
- Cracks or blisters.
- Thick, scaly patches form on the arms, legs, back of the neck, scalp, the underneath areas of the feet, backs of the hands or the genitals.
- The patches can become very itchy when sleeping or relaxed.
- The patches will bleed and even become infected if scratched.
- Round, coin-shaped spots form6. on your skin.
- Spots that can become itchy or scaly.
- Possible swelling in the lower part of the legs.
- Aching or heaviness in the legs.
- The likely appearance of varicose veins.
- Dry and itchy skin covering the varicose veins.
- Possible development of open sores on the lower legs and on the tops of the feet.
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Getting a diagnosis
A skin doctor (a dermatologist) can diagnose eczema and to help them understand your condition, it can be useful to keep a diary to identify what may be triggering your eczema outbreaks. Keep a record of:
- What you eat and drink.
- What skin products, chemicals, soaps, makeup and detergents you use.
- What activities you enjoy. Example include being out in nature or swimming in a chlorinated pool.
- The amount of time spent bathing or showering and the temperature of the water.
- If you are feeling stressful.
Keeping such a record should help you to make the connection between activities and such eczema outbreaks.
Top tips for reducing or preventing eczema outbreaks
- Apply cool compresses to your skin, or take a colloidal oatmeal or baking soda bath to relieve the itch.
- Moisturize your skin daily to form a protective barrier against the elements, applying moisturizer straight after a shower or bath to seal it in.
- Why drying after a bath or shower, just gently blot your skin with a soft towel without rubbing.
- Always resist scratching as this can make your discomfort worse and lead to an infection.
- Use natural and fragrance-free detergents, cleansers, makeup and other skin care products.
- Always use gloves and protective clothing if you have to handle chemicals.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes made from soft fibers such as natural cotton.
- Use H-Eczema Formula . Perfect for all symptoms of eczema, from mild to severe. Even though there is no cure for eczema, controlling your symptoms is possible. Our natural formula will work with your body to heal your symptoms. H-Eczema Formula works to provide relief from itching and discomfort, decrease the severity and frequency of symptoms and soothe the skin.