Eczema Causes and Symptoms

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that can be painful, usually characterized by reddening and itching. You may even see patches of the skin become scaly, crusty or leak fluid.

Known as the itch that rashes (The itchy rash). Your skin becomes itchy and the more you scratch the worse it gets making it hard to break the itch-scratch cycle.

Click to Read More about the Treatment Plan we used for my nephew and how we were Living with Eczema

There are several different types of eczema and there are various causes which doctors aren’t 100% sure about, however it is not contagious.

  • Aptopic Dermatitis - Most Severe
  • Contact Dermatitis – Reaction that occurs when skin comes in contact with an irritant / substance
  • Dyshidrotic – Blistering type
  • Nummular – Dry skin in winter months, dry non-itchy round patches
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis – Scaly, itchy, red on various parts of the body

To read more details about the different types please click here to open a new window.

This rash can be caused from various sources such as contact with and irritant like soaps, laundry detergent, cosmetics, perfumes, and even food allergies can enhance this skin condition or other substances that someone may be allergic to such as nickel.

Another factor could be environment, climate, your genes, yeast on the skin, stress, sweat, a weakened immune system. Chemicals, dust mites, pets, and pollens are also irritants.

It is amazing how fast my nephew would become irritated and itchy if we were at a store and walked by an isle that had a strong smell or walked by or came in contact with someone who had a strong smelling perfume or cologne it could quickly send him into a breakout of this itchy rash.

Plants and vegetables can also be a trigger of contact dermatitis.

Some people may be more sensitive to certain types of fruits and vegetables such citric fruits like lemons and oranges. I knew a child who became very irritated if her skin came in contact with an orange.

My nephew use to break out whenever he touched dandelions (member of the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum family plus a few more).

These plants contain an allergen in the stems, leaves and flowers that if handled can cause contact dermatitis.

A Few Symptoms That You May Notice:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Red Inflamed skin
  • Scaly areas
  • Rough, leathery patches
  • Areas of swelling

Please consult your doctor for diagnosis and advice to find the right treatment plan for you.

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