Eczema is usually marked by dry and red patches of skin that itch and worsens when scratched. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body and if the skin is repeatedly scratched, the skin may become thick and resemble leather.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema is an immune system response to external factors such as soaps, clothing, or even weather, and whose exact cause has yet to be determined. It is not contagious, but may be hereditary.
What Are The Symptoms of Eczema?
Eczema can appear differently on each person, but usually starts with intense itching and which causes scratching. The scratching frequently produces a rash that shows up as patches of red or inflamed skin that is covered with a flaky, dry skin. If it is repeatedly scratched, the patch may become crusty or ooze. Patches of eczema most often show up on the face, arms, and legs, especially in creases in the skin, but it can appear anywhere on the body.
How Can Eczema Flare-ups Be Prevented?
Eczema outbreaks can sometimes be avoided or the severity lessened by following these simple tips:
– Moisturize frequently.
– Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity.
– Avoid sweating or overheating.
– Reduce stress.
– Avoid scratchy materials, such as wool.
– Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents.
– Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods.
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