What is eczema

Eczema is a very commonly used term, this includes many different varieties of skin condition all of which are carried under the same banner. The most common form of eczema however is atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis. Around 20% of the worlds population suffers from atopic dermatitis, so itís by no means a rare disease. This disease often relapses uncontrollably and results in a very uncomfortable rash developing on the skin.

Many children develop some form of eczema during their childhood, however many children also grow out of it before they are 5 years old, some do keep it for the rest of their lives, however these are in the minority. As this disease can go away by itself there is quite often nothing that you need to do.

The national institutes for heath estimate that there are around 15 million people in America that suffer from eczema. Around 20% of toddlers develop eczema, but 50% of these will cure themselves without any intervention before they are 15 years old. There are some different forms of eczema that will haunt a person for the rest of their life, and Iíve got one of them!

Eczema can look very different on each person that is suffering from it, however the symptoms and characteristics of it should all be the same. There will almost always be a red, dry and irritated patches on the skin. Also this condition always itches, this then turns into a rash. Once the itch is scratched, the skin is damaged, which results in the rash.

This disease is not restricted to just one single part of the body, normally toddlers experience this disorder around their legs, neck, head, cheeks and forehead. As a child gets older the disease will target the creases of the joints, including the elbows and knees.

It is possible to avoid eczema with some pretty simple precautions, letís take a look.

Make sure you try to keep any climate changes to a minimum, avoid causing your body to sweat as this will agrivate the condition. Also make sure you apply moisturizer on a regular basis. Avoid using detergents that are not designed for sensitive skin. Also avoid stressful situations, as these can make your condition a lot worse. Certain foods can also lead to a flare up.

Self control is required in successful eczema treatment, you have to stop yourself scratching. If you lack self control then perhaps you should try to improve it now, because without self control your condition could get quite a lot worse. Donít scratch! Seriously!!

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