Eczema: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

What is Eczema?

This is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked and rough. Swelling may occur sometimes. It’s sometimes called “the itch that rashes” because the itching usually comes first. Normally, this is considered as a condition which makes your skin inflamed or irritated.

Causes of eczema:

Yet, the real cause for eczema is unknown. It is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. Some of the eczema causes are;

  • Dry skin
  • Irritants
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors
  • Climate and sweating
  • Infection
  • Allergies

Symptoms of eczema:

Some of it’s symptoms are;

  • Areas of swelling
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Very bad itching
  • Dark colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery/ scaly patches of skin
  • Inflamed skin
  • Dry, sensitive skin

Treatments of eczema:

Initially, there is no cure for eczema, but there are treatments, where symptoms can be managed. Some of the treatments are;

  • Using OTC/ Prescribed products
  • Bathing
  • Moisturizing when skin gets too dried
  • Prescription medications
  • Phototherapy
  • Complementary and alternative therapies

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