Definition of Eczema: A chronic, itchy inflammation of the skin that may coincide with allergic responses and asthma. Eczema occurs most often and more severely among young children. More than 90 percent of people with eczema have it before age 5, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Below is a brief overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments, plus links to more information.
What Causes Eczema? The cause behind eczema is unknown, but stress, illness, hot temperatures and irritants can make it worse. Researchers think eczema may be caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental conditions.
Is Eczema Contagious? No.
Medical Term: Atopic dermatitis.
Treatment & Remedies: At home try wearing cotton clothing, applying a cool wet compress and moisturizing lotions. Doctors may prescribe creams with cortisone, oral and injected corticosteroids, antibiotics to fight skin infections, and topical immunomodulators to reduce allergic responses. Oral antihistamines and light therapy can also reduce symptoms.
· Eczema, asthma and hay fever tend to occur together in families, according to the Mayo Clinic.
· Up to 20 percent of infants and 3 percent of adults have eczema symptoms, according to the National Institute of Health.
· Roughly half of children with eczema continue to have symptoms as an adult.
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Posted August 10, 2013 11:13 am by Unknown
I tend to be worse around grass cutting, hay, barns, harvests, dusty roads and musty basements and buildings.
House Dust: As mattresses, upholstering, kapok, feathers and lint become older they break down to form house dust, a common cause of allergy. Avoid things that stir up dust like sweeping and always use a damp mop or vacuum cleaner when cleaning.
Odors and Fumes: Often cause respiratory symptoms and head-aches. The most common triggers are smoke (especially tobacco), saw and sanding dust, perfumes, cosmetics, gasoline, paint and thinner, cooking odors, cleaners, ammonia, chlorine, bleaches, newspaper, silicones, alcohol, chalk, moth balls, wash and wear fabrics, menthol, soap, detergents, furniture polish, flowers, hair and insect sprays.