Eczema is not just one disease that affects the skin, it is a wide range of different diseases all of which have similar effects on the skin. It is a skin condition which causes the skin to itch and normally develops red scaly patches all over the body.
Whenever these itchy scales are scratched the itching can not only get worse but it can make the whole condition worse. Itching can lead to bleeding and possibly infection as many eczema sufferers have weaker immune systems than healthy people. The more a person scratches, the more the area itches. Although there is no cure for eczema, there are some well known treatments to rid the sufferer of the rash, research has shown that in most cases the cause of the problem can be discovered and more of the symptoms reduced.
Eczema often causes the sufferer to have a rash on their skin. The eczema rash is normally a red scaly skin condition that can affect any part of the body. Eczema rash can also be puss filled and weeping which would require specialist treatment.
Eczema is a general term for any skin condition where the skin itches, develops a rash, and becomes thick and swollen. If you scratch or rub the rash, the symptoms will probably start to get worse, this is where the skin starts to thicken and can develop grooves into the skin.
Eczema is a vicious circle, something irritates your skin which causes it to become red and inflamed, you scratch it to relieve yourself from the itchiness. As a result of your scratching your skin will become more inflamed and even sorer, the protective outer layer of the skin is broken and this leaves you vulnerable to infections and bleeding. This also allows other layers of your skin to be exposed to the irritant so making the rash even worse.
This broken skin is now much more sensitive to any of the irritants that it is exposed to, and as a result of the broken outer layer moisture is also lost much easier. If you are still exposed to whatever caused your eczema to flare up then the rash will continue to get worse until something happens to stop this.
Eczema is by no means an uncommon disease, around 15 million people in America alone are thought to suffer from the skin condition. It also affects a large number of infants, some studies suggest around 20% of infants are affected by this disease, although it is common that most children will grow out of eczema by the time they are 15 years old.
The exact trigger or cause for the disease is still unknown, most people are commonly affected if there is a history of allergies in the family.
Infants eczema is normally started by the infant eating something that they are allergic to, if they are still breastfeeding then this could be something that the mother has eaten. If this is the case then the mother should try stopping eating any dairy products and seafood, then try and feed your baby and see if this makes any difference. Breastfeeding is thought to improve a child’s immune system, and so it will give them less chance of suffering from eczema.
The rash can get worse in two main ways, if you use soap or take long hot baths then this is more than likely to make your condition much worse. You should take shorter colder baths, and use soap specially designed for sensitive skin. When your skin starts to wrinkle up you should get straight out of the bath, this is because the layer that controls the moisture is being influenced, this causes the skin to lose moisture.
Infant eczema on legs
Infant eczema on the belly
Infant eczema on the face
Eczema on the face