Eczema Skin Symptoms: An Overview

By: limevelyn
Eczema skin symptoms are most often described to be itchy, red, dry and irritated skin. If you are having moderate to severe symptoms, your skin will also be raw and inflamed to the extent of being crusty, scaly and bleeding with all that scratching. With exceptionally dry skin, you are more prone to itching. Unfortunately the more you scratch, the more you will introduce bacteria through your broken skin. This results in patches of skin oozing with clear fluid, or even blood.

Eczema is a skin disorder that can affect a baby right up to someone elderly. It is non contagious. No one will get eczema just by being in close contact with you. Some say that it is a condition that is hereditary. So if your parents have eczema, you are more likely to have this disorder.

Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema . It inflicts about one out of every eight or nine children. Although the figures look alarming, the good news is that about three quarters of the young kids who develop the eczema skin symptoms outgrow their condition before their teens.

Most of these children also develop other allergy related disorders such as food allergies, allergy to dust, asthma or hay fever. These children will also suffer from dry skins for the rest of their lives. Children usually develop the skin disorder on their faces and also on their hands and legs. In many of these cases, the first signs of improvement usually show on their faces before being seen in other parts of their body.

Another type of eczema is known as varicose eczema. Eczema skin symptoms in this category usually start when you are in your thirties. Varicose eczema is often attributed to the poor blood circulation on your legs. For this condition, symptoms are in your ankles with a speckled look that is also sore and itchy.

Moisturizing is key to keeping your eczema skin symptoms under control. You need to make sure that your skin is sufficiently hydrated. This can be achieved through drinking enough water and also applying oils or lotion to your skin a few times a day.

There is no known cure for eczema currently. To treat eczema skin symptoms, doctors will usually recommend steroid creams and special emollients and/or or antibiotics for bacteria infection (if you have one) as well as anti-histamines (drugs to prevent itching).
There are also several natural alternative treatments for eczema that you can use to alleviate your skin symptoms. These natural treatments are worthwhile exploring as they can help reduce your reliance on drug medications for your skin.
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