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Treating eczema

WHAT is eczema ?

 

Eczema is a general term for many types of skin inflammation, also known as dermatitis.

The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis (some people use these two terms interchangeably).

There are different forms of eczema and it can affect people of any age and race, although the condition is most common in infants (due to weaker immunity).

People with eczema often have a family history of the condition or other allergic conditions, such as asthma, hay fever and urticaria.

Causes of eczema

Although there is some controversy over the causes of dermatitis, the role of genetics is undisputed.

A defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, are believed to be important factors too.

Substances that come in contact with the skin, such as soaps, cosmetics, clothing, detergents, jewelry, or sweat may trigger eczema.

Symptoms of eczema

Although the appearance of eczema varies between individuals and also according to the specific type of eczema, most common eczema causes dry, reddened skin that itches or burns. Intense itching is generally the first symptom of eczema.

Sometimes, eczema may lead to blisters and oozing lesions, but eczema can also result in dry and scaly skin. Repeated scratching may lead to thickened, crusty skin.

While any region of the body may be affected by eczema, in children and adults, eczema typically occurs on the face, neck, and the insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles.

Eczema can sometimes occur as a brief reaction that only leads to symptoms for a few hours or days, but other cases, the symptoms persist over a longer time and are referred to as chronic dermatitis.

Therapy for eczema

The goals for eczema therapy are to prevent itching, inflammation, and worsening of the condition. Eczema therapy may involve both lifestyle changes and the use of medications.

Therapy is always based upon an individual's age, overall health status, and the type and severity of the condition. Corticosteroid creams are sometimes prescribed to decrease the inflammatory reaction in the skin.

Can eczema be prevented ?

While there is no cure for eczema, you can take steps to manage your symptoms and lessen he severity of outbreaks. Such measures include :

a balanced nutrition intake to strengthen your immune system

avoid over bathing

apply moisturizer frequently, especially after bathing

bathe in warm water (not hot), using a mild soap

avoid or limit contact with known irritants like soaps, perfumes, detergents, jewelry and environmental irritants

wear loose-fitting clothing (cotton clothing may be less irritating for many people than wool or synthetic fiber)

use cool compresses to help control itching

exercise, meditation, or other stress management techniques

 

Natural superfood

Olives are superfood and are regarded for their healing properties. Scientific studies have identified powerful antioxidant compounds in olive called polyphenols or biophenols.

Olive biophenols help protect and rejuvenate the skin, maintain healthy joint functions, promote cardiovascular wellness and strengthen the immune system. Beware of the calories if you are taking olive oil -- a little goes a long way.

Also olives that have been processed for direct consumption can help reduce antioxidant levels.

     
     

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