What You Eat And Breathe May Cause Eczema Flare-Ups
Definition Of Atopic Dermatitis
Eczema also called atopic dermatitis (AD), is a noncontagious inflammation of the skin that is usually very itchy and dry. This skin condition is frequently related to some form of allergy, which may include foods you eat or inhalants, something you breathe in.
Description Of Eczema
Atopic dermatitis, which includes Eczema, is often described as “the itch that rashes” - the skin rash starts by scratching of the irritated skin area. The skin of those affected by the AD is dehydrated because of excessive loss of moisture. That is why it is essential to keep the moisture level high, by hydrating the body, drinking pure water, and hydrating the skin, by applying a clean, fragrance and preservatives free lotions, like Skin Stick
, which will protect and nourish the skin surface. Chronic or severe cases of it can cause the affected areas to form thick plaques (patches of slightly raised skin), develop serious (watery) exudates, or become infected.
The areas of the body that are affected by atopic dermatitis can be different with age. For example, children under five years old may often have skin rashes, but it can occur at any age. Those skin rashes can be mild and temporary, or severe and chronic. Infants frequently experience it on the face and other areas of the head. They touch their faces with their hands a lot or rub their heads against the crib bedding. However, hands, legs, and stomach may also have rashes. Older children commonly have the worst spots on flexor surfaces, namely the inner wrists and elbows, back of knees, and top of ankles. Other common sites are the hands and feet. The knees, elbows, hands, and feet may continue to be a problem into adulthood.
Causes & Symptoms Of Dermatitis
Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in who will get atopic dermatitis or other allergies. The condition is not contagious though. A child has somewhere between a 25-60% chance of also experience allergies if he or she has one parent with some form of an allergic or atopic problem, whether an AD or some other sort. The chance to develop some form of atopy will increase to 50-80% when there are both parents with allergies. Therefore, the determination whether or not an individual will develop allergies or not, and to which extend, directly correlate to the genetic predisposition, along with such factors such as exposure to substances like chemicals, bacteria, viruses, or pollen, known as antigens
. Aside from an inclination to eczema, increased use of soapy detergents and baby wipes that contain artificial fragrances and preservatives is probably responsible for higher incidence of childhood eczema as well.
The hallmark sign of atopic dermatitis is a red, itchy rash. The age of a person determines what regions are most likely affected, as described above, but exceptions do occur.
Diagnosis Of Dermatitis
No laboratory test can reliably diagnose atopic dermatitis, although some people will be reactive to tests designed to diagnose allergy. These will include skin tests by intradermal injection, scratch, or patch tests. There is also a blood test available that measures level of antibodies to suspected allergens. Diagnosis is usually made by the appearance and location of the rash. A personal or family history of allergy of any type, including food allergy, asthma, or hay fever also supports the diagnosis of the AD.
There are other types of dermatitis worth mentioning, which none of them are contagious, and they may occur at the different stage of age. For example, the stasis dermatitis, as well as nummular dermatitis often occur in older adults and are related to poor circulation. Whereas atopic dermatitis primarily a skin disorder of children. Contact dermatitis, on the other hand, may occur at any age. It tends to stay localized within the area affected by a contact with either allergen or irritant.
I will continue elaborating on numerous treatments of Eczema in my next blog, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I would like to point out that even it is crucial to treat Eczema from within, which known to be effective, it is imperative to keep the skin surface moisturized at all times. More so, moisturizer for irritated skin, in particular, should never include any fragrances, or preservatives, since all are considered to be irritants and allergens. A moisturizer should be clean and nourishing, such as Skin Stick. It is an ideal skin moisturizer to use during eczema and dermatitis flare-up in particular. Minimalistic in its ingredients, this fragrance -free lotion has potent and healing natural elements, such as Cocoa Butter, high in antioxidants, fatty acids, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and, it is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut Oil, which offers a very potent antiviral and antioxidant property, to name a few. And lastly, protective Beeswax, nourishing and healing Vitamin E, and Sweet Almond Oil, make this lotion an ideal moisturizer for Eczema and sensitive skin.
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