If your skin itches and turns red from time to time, you might have eczema. This skin condition is very common in children, but adults can get it too.
Eczema is sometimes called atopic dermatitis, which is the most common form. “Atopic” refers to an allergy. People with eczema often have allergies or asthma along with itchy, red skin.
Eczema comes in a few other forms, too. Each eczema type has its own set of symptoms and triggers.
There are also some common symptoms for all types of eczema:
dry, scaly skin
itching, which may be intense
Eczema on infants face
Eczema on hand
Eczema on elbow
Eczema on palm
1. Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. It usually starts in childhood, and often gets milder or goes away by adulthood. Atopic dermatitis is part of what doctors call the atopic triad. “Triad” means three. The other two diseases in the triad are asthma and hay fever. Many people with atopic dermatitis have all three conditions.
In atopic dermatitis:
the rash often forms in the creases of your elbows or knees
skin in areas where the rash appears may turn lighter or darker, or get thicker
small bumps may appear and leak fluid if you scratch them
babies often get the rash on their scalp and cheeks
your skin can get infected if you scratch it
Atopic dermatitis happens when your skin’s natural barrier against the elements is weakened. This means your skin is less able to protect you against irritants and allergens. Atopic dermatitis is likely caused by a combination of factors such as:
an immune system problem
triggers in the environment
2. Contact dermatitis
If you have red, irritated skin that’s caused by a reaction to substances you touch, you may have contact dermatitis. It comes in two types: Allergic contact dermatitis is an immune system reaction to an irritant like latex or metal. Irritant contact dermatitis starts when a chemical or other substance irritates your skin.
In contact dermatitis:
your skin itches, turns red, burns, and stings
itchy bumps called hives may pop up on your skin
fluid-filled blisters can form that may ooze and crust over
over time, the skin may thicken and feel scaly or leathery
Contact dermatitis happens when you touch a substance that irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction. The most common causes are:
poison ivy and other poisonous plants
skin care products, including makeup
soaps and perfumes
3. Dyshidrotic eczema
Dyshidrotic eczema causes small blisters to form on your hands and feet. It’s more common in women than men.
In dyshidrotic eczema:
fluid-filled blisters form on your fingers, toes, palms, and soles of your feet
these blisters may itch or hurt
the skin can scale, crack, and flake
Dyshidrotic eczema can be caused by:
damp hands and feet
exposure to substances such as nickel, cobalt, or chromium salt
4. Hand eczema
Eczema that only affects your hands is called hand eczema. You may get this type if you work in a job like hairdressing or cleaning, where you regularly use chemicals that irritate the skin.
In hand eczema:
your hands get red, itchy, and dry
they may form cracks or blisters
Hand eczema is triggered by exposure to chemicals. People who work in jobs that expose them to irritants are more likely to get this form, such as:
laundry or dry cleaning
Neurodermatitis is similar to atopic dermatitis. It causes thick, scaly patches to pop up on your skin.
thick, scaly patches form on your arms, legs, back of your neck, scalp, bottoms of your feet, backs of your hands, or genitals
these patches can be very itchy, especially when you’re relaxed or asleep
if you scratch the patches, they can bleed and get infected
Neurodermatitis usually starts in people who have other types of eczema or psoriasis. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes it, although stress can be a trigger.
6. Nummular eczema
This type of eczema causes round, coin-shaped spots to form on your skin. The word “nummular” means coin in Latin. Nummular eczema looks very different from other types of eczema, and it can itch a lot.
In nummular eczema:
round, coin-shaped spots form on your skin
the spots may itch or become scaly
Nummular eczema can be triggered by a reaction to an insect bite, or by an allergic reaction to metals or chemicals. Dry skin can also cause it. You’re more likely to get this form if you have another type of eczema, such as atopic dermatitis.
7. Stasis dermatitis
Stasis dermatitis happens when fluid leaks out of weakened veins into your skin. This fluid causes swelling, redness, itching, and pain.
In stasis dermatitis:
the lower part of your legs may swell up, especially during the day when you’ve been walking
your legs may ache or feel heavy
you’ll likely also have varicose veins, which are thick, ropey damaged veins in your legs
the skin over those varicose veins will be dry and itchy
you may develop open sores on your lower legs and on the tops of your feet
Stasis dermatitis happens in people who have blood flow problems in their lower legs. If the valves that normally push blood up through your legs toward your heart malfunction, blood can pool in your legs. Your legs can swell up and varicose veins can form.
TIPS TO AVOID ECZEMA OUTBREAKS
There are numerous things that people with eczema can do to support skin health and alleviate symptoms, such as:
1 taking lukewarm baths
2 applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing to “lock in” moisture
3 moisturizing every day
4 wearing cotton and soft fabrics, and avoiding rough, scratchy fibers and tight-fitting clothing
5 using a mild soap or a non-soap cleanser when washing
6 air drying or gently patting skin dry with a towel, rather than rubbing the skin dry after bathing
7 where possible, avoiding rapid changes of temperature and activities that make you sweat
8 learning and avoiding individual eczema triggers
9 using a humidifier in dry or cold weather
10 keeping fingernails short to prevent scratching from breaking the skin
Symptoms vary according to the age of the person with eczema, but they often include scaly, itchy patches of skin.
Eczema can also be triggered by environmental factors like smoke and pollen. However, eczema is not a curable condition.
Treatment focuses on healing damaged skin and alleviating symptoms. There is not yet a full cure for eczema, but symptoms can be managed.
Eczema is not a contagious condition.
1. Graphites-One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Eczema or atopic dermatitis with thick oozing
Where there is oozing of thick and sticky discharge from the eruptions, Graphites is the best Homeopathic medicine for eczema or atopic dermatitis. Usually the patient is obese and suffers from constipation. Such patients are more likely to be sensitive to the cold weather.The skin is rough and hard. In unaffected areas, the skin is dry. It is often indicated in females with menstrual difficulties. The menses are late and scanty.
2. Mezereum- One of the best Homeopathic remedies for Eczema or atopic dermatitis with crust formation
When there is formation of a crust, more so on the head, Mezereum is the best Homeopathic medicine for eczema. The head is usually covered with a thick, leather like crust. Pus collects just below the crust. The itching is intolerable and is worse in the bed. The patient feels better in open air and is worse at night.
3. Hepar Sulphur- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Eczema or atopic dermatitis with pus formation
In cases, where suppuration or pus formation is most marked, Hepar Sulphur is the most useful medicine for atopic dermatitis or eczema. There is intense itching in the area affected by eczema. There are deep cracks on the skin. The patient is sensitive to touch and also to cold air but is better in the damp weather. The eruptions aggravate in winters. The sensitivity to cold is so much that the person cannot uncover himself even for a moment. Even if a door is opened in the other room, he will feel the cold and often starts reacting or sneezing because of the change in temperature. For such a patient, Hepar Sulph is often the best homeopathic medicine for eczema.
4. Dulcamara- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Eczema or atopic dermatitis worse in the cold damp weather
For eruptions that aggravate in the cold damp weather, Dulcamara is one of the best homeopathic medicines for eczema or atopic dermatitis. The itching is also worse in cold damp weather. There is the formation of thick brown yellow crusts which bleed when scratched.
5. Sulphur- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for Eczema with burning
If there is intense burning along with itching in the eczematous parts, then Sulphur is the best Homeopathic medicine for eczema. The problems tend to get worse in heat and in summers. The skin is usually dry and looks unhealthy. The itching is worse from warmth and in the evening. There are often other skin problems too that may affect the person. Usually family history of skin diseases is also seen in such cases. The patient often feels hungry in the morning around 11 am.
Above mentioned medicines should be taken under trained homoeopath.
Eczema is a chronic complaint that should have the careful management of a trained homeopath.
A detailed case history and correct remedial diagnosis is of utmost important for the cure of eczema
Hence for good results in the treatment of your eczema, please use the services of a fully qualified homeopath
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