If your child is suffering from an itchy red patch on his or her chin, cheeks or on the chest and it went unnoticed till it gets scratched and things went worse, then it is a clear symptom of eczema. The same symptoms can be seen on your own neck or behind your knees or in the inner elbows and more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of eczema.
When we are talking about eczema, these are the kind of symptoms you may face but the question still rise about what exactly is eczema? Eczema can be defined as WebMD stated and i.e. “Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.”
• What is the main cause of eczema?
The doctors claim that it is difficult to know the exact cause of eczema but it said to be associated with an overactive response of the body’s immune system to irritation. Eczema is triggered by the substances that irritate the skin as flare gets triggered in some people dealing with eczema when their skin comes in contact with wool or man-made fibers.
• What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
Dermatologists find different ways to make a difference between eczema and psoriasis. They usually find the amount of itch and which part of the skin is being affected by the medical condition to detect whether it is psoriasis or eczema.
Though there are few things that look the same in the way psoriasis appears. You might witness red patches and it can be silvery and scaly with a raised up in appearance. If the affected area is looked closely you will find the skin is thick and more inflamed than eczema.
• What foods cause eczema?
This varies from a person to person and it is not sure that everyone gets affected by the list of food mentioned below but many people complained that the below-mentioned food triggers eczema:
- Cow’s milk.
- Soy products.
• Is Vaseline good for eczema?
The doctor would ask you to use of petroleum jelly on the affected areas to fight against the dry skin symptoms associated with eczema. They recommend using it in conjunction with specific eczema treatments. Thus it is very important to understand that using a Vaseline jelly for eczema is not only effective but it is not a cure. You will get a relief from using it but the condition would remain the same.
• Will eczema scars go away?
Thankfully, yes. The scars that eczema offers gets fade with time but sadly few will stay to remind you of the medical condition for the rest of your life. It might be difficult but if you do not want a scar on your body then you must not scratch even a bit.
• Does eczema scab over?
There is no particular age for getting affected from eczema; it is a common skin condition that can begin even before your child is one year old. The affected area of the skin gets cracked, weepy, would become dry, red and itchy and then it would scab over but one thing is for sure and that is eczema is not at all contagious.
• Is eczema painful?
Wide it has been observed that it does not pain much. You might witness incessant itching with a good amount of scratching that might eventually damage the skin and cause sores that gets painful on the later stage. It is highly advised to seek the medical attention if the affected area turns out to be painful or use the most preferred homeopathic ailment Dr. Scabies available OTC at any medical store near you.
Eczema is a common dermal issue today that can occur to anybody, especially children. The “itch-scratch cycle” is about as nasty as they come. Try to treat it with some natural home remedies.