Eczema TreatmentsThere is one good thing about eczema and that is that it is not contagious. Nevertheless, the condition can cause a lot of discomfort. It affects the outer layer of the skin with a red, itchy, swollen and often unsightly skin rash.
Of the two main types, atopic eczema is the most common and closely linked to asthma and hay fever, often running in families and affecting both adults and children alike. Symptoms also include dryness of the skin, redness and inflammation. Those with this type of eczema are allergic to different allergens in the environment so that the immune system goes into excessive reaction mode.
The second main type is contact dermatitis. As well as reacting to an allergen by producing a rash, the symptoms also arise from being in frequent contact with harsh everyday substances such as detergents or chemicals. For obvious reasons, the hands are usually most affected. Dryness and eczema go together and it is this dryness that makes it so important to keep on moisturizing when you have the recurring symptoms of eczema including itching, inflammation and thickening of the skin.
Keeping the skin moisturized is the main aim behind treatment
- A daily bath helps where the temperature should be just warm, soaking for 15 to 20 minutes so that the skin