Eczema Symptoms and Causes
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What are the eczema symptoms? Just as all people are different so does eczema look different from person to person. But generally this skin inflammation shows one or more of these eczema symptoms:

  • Serious itching - one of the first symptoms is serious itching
  • Skin becomes red or shows red patches
  • Brown patches - in most adults with white skin the patches are more likely to be brown in color, scaly and thickened
  • Affect pigmentation - in black skin eczema can affect pigmentation, this makes the affected area look lighter or darker
  • Your skin swells or you develop blisters
  • Your skin gets very dry or even starts to crack
  • Oozing & bleeding - in some serious cases where it has been scratched you will even experience oozing or bleeding

Just as all people are different so does eczema look different from person to person

Some more eczema facts

Eczema symptoms in babies: the itching and the rash can start oozing and crusting mostly on the face and scalp. But patches can show up anywhere, on the face, neck or on the arms and legs, on hands and feet. But they particularly show up in creases like the inside of the elbow, back of the knees, or in the groin area

Atopic eczema symptoms can flare up and then relax again from time to time. But in between these flare ups your skin will be dry and itchy

All parts of the skin can be affected but most commonly it shows up on the face, neck, hands, and feet, back of your knees or inside of your arms

For adults it is also important to understand the differences between eczema or dermatitis and psoriasis, because they share some of the symptoms. In white skin eczema mostly affects the back of your knees and inside of your arms where psoriasis affects the front of your knees and back of the elbows

In black skin on the other hand eczema affects the front of your knees and elbows

Itching, the most annoying eczema symptom

The most important characteristic of atopic eczema symptoms is the sometimes almost unbearable itching. This can lead to loss of sleep, stress, frustration and even depression. It is essential for everybody involved to recognize and acknowledge the fact that this can not only affect the person with eczema but everyone in your family

Eczema Symptoms and Causes
Eczema Causes

Exactly what causes eczema is not totally clear yet, but it is believed that it is a response from our immune system to an allergen or irritant. It is related to but not exactly the same as other allergic reactions

There are many triggers that can make the eczema flare-up again. They are different for everybody but doctors and scientists identified some common ones:

  • Soaps, laundry detergents and some fabric softeners
  • Cleaning products
  • Exposure to exteme weather temperatures (hot or cold) or very high or very low humidity levels
  • Dust, moulds, pollen, fungi
  • Animal dander, pet hair
  • Dust mites and their droppings
  • Bacteria
  • Sweating
  • Rough clothing from coarse materials like wool can irritate your skin
  • Wearing latex gloves
  • Rubbing or scratching of your skin
  • Perfumes, creams, and cosmetics with formaldehyde as an ingredient
  • Physical, emotional or mental stress or anxiety
  • Ailments like a cold, flu or other infections
  • Skin infections
  • Deodorants, most of them contain active drying ingredients like aluminum chloride
  • Jewelry. and especially nickel, also if nickel is just a minor component of the jewelry; any gold less than 24 karats has some nickel in it
  • Allergens in your environment. Some more serious forms of eczema are caused by an extreme allergic reaction to external factors or agents that unfortunately can't be removed from the environment
  • Eating or even handling of certain foods. Cow's milk is a regular trigger as are wheat gluten (wheat protein)

In these cases of eczema, your skin becomes inflamed after you came in contact with an external trigger or allergen. How long the contact was is not really very important. Eczema can show up on first contact, within in a day or weeks, or maybe after repeated contact over a longer period of time like months or years

Alternative medicine though often utilizes several different approaches to help control, and possibly even eliminate your sensitivity to these common allergens

Eczema is thought to be an immune system response to an allergen or irritant

Some personal key factors that play a role

Eczema is found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. This means that, if you have severe eczema, you probably also have hay fever and/or asthma

You can inherit eczema from your parents and because of that other family members usually have it too. It can however skip a generation and leave one generation untouched and show up again on a later one

For people who are still looking to somebody with eczema like it might rub off on you, rest assured:

Eczema is NOT contagious!

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