About Eczema

Eczema: More than just skin deep

Do you suffer from skin irritation, redness, itching, scaling, rash or enduring dry skin?

Eczema: More than just skin deep

Do you suffer from skin irritation, redness, itching, scaling, rash or enduring dry skin? Chances are high that you have one of the typical symptoms of eczema. This skin condition causes blood vessels to swell and irritates nerve endings. The underlying cause of eczema is an excessive reaction by the immune system, which results in an inflammation of the skin. Many factors are at cause, with genetics, environment and impaired immune responses being the most predominant.

Eczema (also known as Atopic Dermatitis) is a problem which occurs from birth with patients who have an inherited genetic disposition. Flare ups can be triggered by factors such as allergens (food & hay fever…), asthma, environmental factors, sweat, irritants, stress… Up to 20% of babies & children under the age of 5 have eczema. The prevalence rate with adults is about 3%.

Contact eczema occurs about 9% of the time and is seen more often with adults, as it is frequently related to one’s profession (e.g. hairdresser, florists, factory workers…). Contact eczema can be the result of an allergic or irritant reaction to one or various substances or products (such as detergents, alcohol, soaps, solvents, nickel or work related products) at work or in and around the home.

 

Day-to-day changes in your life or at work can prevent further flare ups from your eczema symptoms by implementing certain recommendations.

Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be managed!

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