Friday, October 8, 2010

eczema vs. you

We all want to have a healthy skin. It doesn't necessarily need to be young looking or as soft as the baby's skin but at least it must be a skin that is free from any rashes, redness, scales, and lumps. Unfortunately, getting a glowing skin is quite difficult to achieve since there are numerous skin problems that exist. Among the most common is the ECZEMA.

Eczema or medically known as atopic dermatitis is a CHRONIC SKIN DISORDER which means that once you have it, you will have it forever. It is common  in people with asthma, allergies and those with family history. The category of eczema usually relies on its clinical characterisics. However, the most common type is the ATOPIC ECZEMA.

The characteristic of a skin with eczema is moderate to severe itchiness, swelling, redness, dry and scaly. In children, Eczema appearsmost often on the face, scalp, buttocks, thighs and torso. In adults, it usualy affects the eck, inner arms, inside the elbows, and the back of the knee.


1. Usually, severe itchiness is triggered by stress, infection, over infection and allergy. Hence, all these stimulants must be avoided.
2. Keep the skin moisturized.
3.Take a brief daily bath with lukewarm water.
4.Use hypoallergenic ang gentle soap.  Physicians, usually recommend the use of DOVE.
5. After bathing, pat skin dry , do not rub for it may contribute to swelling and redness. Apply lubricating cream  to keep the skin  from  drying out.
6. An oral histamine like Benadryl is prescribed  to relieve itchiness. However, antihistamines in cream form must be avoided for it may irritate the skin more.
8. Wash the clothes and the bed linens using a mild detergent, avoid fabric softener for it  is irritating.


1.If crusting or sors with discharge appear, infection is present.
2. If a red patchy rash appears on the face accompanied by joint pain and fever
3. If itching can't make you sleep and it can now interfere with your daily responsibility.

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