Eczema Skin Symptoms: An Overview

Evelyn Lim

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Eczema skin symptoms are itchy, scaly and dry. If you are an eczema sufferer, you will find it hard to stop scratching due to the itchy skin. Scratching causes redness, bleeding, swelling, cracking and eventually to crusting and scaling.

Eczema skin symptoms may clear up for a period and then resurfaced again. This is largely because eczema has not been cured or is curable in the first place. Children who have eczema from young may find that they have sensitive skins that are prone to outbreaks of eczema every now and then througout their lives.

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease that affects the skin. It is not contagious. Eczema can be caused by a variety of reasons and that makes it difficult to pin point the exact cause.

Eczema is a general term for several types of skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form all types of eczema. Atopic dermititis is often related to an inherited tendency toward other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Atopic dermatitis is associated with a malfunction of the body’s immune system caused possibly by genetic or environmental factors. Some experts claim that these factors cause the immune system to be confused and skin inflammation results. This malfunction of the immune system is called autoimmunity, when the body reacts against its own tissues. Other types of eczema include allergic contact eczema (dermatitis), contact eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic eczema and stasis dermatitis.

Statistics indicate that more than 15 million people in the U. S. have symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Eczema cases account for 10-20% of all visits to dermatologists. Statistics also show that 65% of patients develop symptoms within the first year of life and 90 develop eczema skin symptoms before age 5.

Although there is no cure for the condition, there are several eczema treatment options available to manage the condition. These range from steroid creams to apply, emollients for moisturizing your dry skin and consuming oral medications that cause drowsiness (prevent you from waking up in the night to scratch).

For an accurate diagnosis, you should always consult a dermatologist or skin specialist if you suspect you have eczema. Early detection and understanding of your skin disorder can help prevent infection and spread to the rest of your body. When out of control, eczema can cause you to feel embarrassed about engaging in an active social life. So if you find yourself having eczema skin symptoms, adopt active measures right away to arrest your problem.

Evelyn Lim has been suffering from eczema skin symptoms for several years. She now reviews products and natural therapies for eczema remedy. Read about her journey to getting beautiful skin here at


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