Eczema Facts You Should Know

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Here we have rounded up some facts that will help you get educated on eczema and its symptoms.)

Eczema is a chronic skin condition causing inflammation, dry, reddish and itchy skin. The severe form of eczema causes cracked and oozing. It is also known as atopic dermatitis. While eczema can occur on any body part, youth have it around their faces, while adults get on other parts of the body.

You might get rusty-red patches of skin, or small pimple-like bums, and even a generally rough area of skin.

Here we have rounded up some facts that will help you get educated on eczema and its symptoms.

FACT#1: There are Many Types of Eczema:

  • Atopic Dermatitis is a common type of eczema caused by altered immune system and weakened skin barrier.
  • Contact Dermatitis is caused by the skin contact with irritant or allergen.
  • Dyshidroticappears on the feet and hands in the form of blisters and is caused by allergens.
  • Nummular eczemais caused by allergens or dry skin and occurs as round fluidic lesions.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis occurs as white or yellow flaky, greasy patches in spots with excessive oil producing glands. It is triggered by a combination of hormones, microorganisms and genetics on the skin.
  • Stasis dermatitis occurs on the legs, leading to swelling and oozing.
  • Hand eczema is caused by the combined reaction of irritants, genes and allergens.
  • Lichen simplex chronicus or neurodermatitis causes thick, scaly patches on the skin, resulted from scratching and rubbing.

If you have one type of eczema, you are likely to get other types determined by genetics and exposure to environmental triggers.

FACT#2: Over 10.1% U.S. Population Have Some Type of Eczema.

FACT#3:9.6 Million (13%) Kids under the Age of 18 have Atopic Dermatitis. Eczema is more prevalent among African American kids as they make up 20.2%. They are followed by white Asian or Pacific Islander (13%), White (12.1%), Hispanic (10.7%), and Native American (13%).

FACT#4: More Eczema Sufferers are Females than Males.

FACT#5: Hospitalization Due to Eczema Flares May Reduce Person’s Life by 8 Years.

FACT#6: Eczema also Have Psychological Impact as the Half of the Sufferers Admitted that they are Often Frustrated by their Disease. Two-thirds of People with Eczema Say that Their Disease Affects their Quality of Life.

FACT#7: Eczema is in Your Genes. If both of your parents have eczema, you are more likely to develop it. A family history of hay fever and asthma is also associated with eczema.

FACT#8: Eczema is triggered by Your Environment. For example, changes in climate like cold, dry conditions, hot and humid may trigger the flares. For many patients, chemical irritants cause rashes.

FACT#9:Stress also aggravates eczema flares as it raises the inflammation level (histamine) in the body. According to the National Eczema Association, many eczema sufferers are diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

FACT#10:Eczema is often coupled by allergic conditions like hay fever, food allergies and hay fever. Nearly 80 percent of kids with atopic dermatitis are likely to develop hay fever or asthma. However, the relationship between allergies and eczema is still unclear. It is believed that the weakened skin barrier in eczema lets the allergens enter the body.

FACT#11: Eczema Can’t Be Cured. The treatment helps manage the symptoms like flares and rashes. Eczema patients are advised to keep their skin clean and moisturized to prevent flare-ups

FACT#12: Eczema is Not Contagious. It means that you won’t catch it from the people with eczema.

So these are some facts about eczema. The cure of eczema lies in prevention, precautions and treatment. What do you think? Please let us know by commenting below.

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