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How to Cope With Eczema – Managing Dermatitis

What is Eczema?

Eczema is also known as dermatitis and can be painful, annoying and stressful. Around 20% of people suffer from Eczema, which can affect any body part. The most prevalent affected areas are the legs, feet, arms and hands.

Eczema Symptoms

  • Itching of the skin
  • Red, inflamed areas of skin
  • A red rash
  • Small red bumps, blisters or ulcers
  • Dry and flakey skin
  • Painful, irritating skin

Different Forms of Eczema

There are different forms of Eczema. Here we look at the main types.

Atopic Eczema – Often affecting children and teens, this type is very common. It causes sore, dry and inflamed skin under the foot and on the toes and heels. It is very itchy and irritating and common among asthma and hay fever sufferers.

Contact Dermatitis – Everyday items such as soap, creams, gels, and certain materials can trigger adverse reactions. It causes itchy red blisters that can contain pus.

Discoid Eczema – Brown or red spots form in a circle which may be inflamed or weep. It affects adults mainly, and although not always itchy, itching can be severe. Skin damage, bites and blood flow problems can cause discoid Eczema. It can take a few months to clear up.

Eczema Treatment and Prevention

Although there is no long-term treatment, understanding what may trigger Eczema and how to treat the symptoms can reduce your chances of suffering from it. Avoiding common triggers is the most important thing, so try to take note of things that potentially trigger a reaction. Common things include:

Allergies – Materials, foods, household products, pollen, dust etc. Once you know what triggers a reaction, avoid it where possible.

Stress – Stress can adversely affect most parts of the body. Reducing stress where possible will improve your overall physical and mental health. Simple things like walking, stretching, meditating, yoga, and warm baths can work wonders to ease stress.

Hormones – Pregnancy and periods can trigger episodes of Eczema due to hormonal shifts.

Damp or cramped feet – Footwear that is not waterproof can lead to damp feet – a breeding ground for bacteria and irritations. Friction from ill-fitting shoes can also trigger Eczema.

Weather conditions – Warm weather can cause sweaty, itchy feet and cold weather may cause dry, itchy and flaking skin. Washing your feet regularly and drying them thoroughly will help. You can also moisturise to reduce dry skin.

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