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Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a medical condition that makes your skin red, dry and itchy. It can take place on any part of the body. However, in infants the disease usually occurs on the cheeks, forehead, forearms, scalp, legs and neck. In adults and children, it typically happens on the neck, face, and interior of knees, elbows and ankles. There are several types of eczema, and the most common type is atopic dermatitis.
The chances of occurring Eczema in both children and adults are same; but generally it appears throughout infancy. It often affects people with a family history of allergies. Most common symptoms of this disease are dry skin, red, scaly patches of skin, weeping areas, blisters and intense itching. Here are some suggestions that help you reduce the frequency and severity of these symptoms. .
- Keep away from the sudden changes in humidity or temperature
- Moisturize the skin frequently
- Dont use scratchy materials such as wool or other allergic fabrics
- Reduce stress
- Avoid overheating or sweating
- Avoid detergents, harsh soaps, solvents and perfumes
- Do not eat foods that may cause an outbreak
- Stay away from environmental factors that activate allergic reactions. That includes mites, molds, pollens and animal dander.
The most common treatment of Eczema is the application of creams or lotions to maintain the skin as wet as possible. For getting the most effective results, apply these treatments directly after bathing. Sedative antihistamines are sometimes used to reduce severe itching. Cold compresses can be applied directly to the itchy skin to get relief from itching. Non-prescription corticosteroid ointments and creams are other effective treatments to reduce inflammation. As these medicines can cause negative side effects such as drowsiness, do not use them without the suggestions of your healthcare provider.
Some medicines may cause birth defects, so they are not safe to use during pregnancy. Some medications will harm a breast feeding child so they should not be used while nursing. For these reasons, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume eczema medicines prior to discussing them with an obstetrician or dermatologist.
ELIDEL, Topicort Cream, Elocon, Ultravate, Imuran, Aclovate, Acticort 100, Ala-Quin, Cortaid and DesOwen are the popular medications used to cure the symptoms of Eczema.