Eczema Increases During The Summer!

Eczema Increases During The Summer!Heat and humidity increase eczema during the summer time. Although eczema is known as an adult illness it can have an effect on children too.

Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic,relapsing and very itchy rash at some point during childhood. Fortunately, many children with eczema find that the disease clears and often disappears with age.

Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry,red,extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes" since the itch,when scratched,results in the appearance of the rash. Eczema can occur on just about any part of the body; however,in infants,eczema typically occurs on the forehead,cheeks,forearms,legs,scalp and neck. In children and adults,eczema typically occurs on the face,neck and the insides of the elbows,knees and ankles. In some people,eczema may "bubble up" and ooze. In others,the condition may appear more scaly,dry and red. Chronic scratching causes the skin to take on a leathery texture because the skin thickens.

Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema,but an abnormal function of the immune system is believed to be a factor. Some forms of eczema can be triggered by substances that come in contact with the skin,such as soaps,cosmetics,clothing,detergents,jewellery or sweat. Substances that cause allergic reactions may also cause outbreaks of eczema. Changes in temperature or humidity or even psychological stress for some people lead to outbreaks of eczema.

Although there is no cure for eczema there are many good treatments that can help relieve the symptoms. There are also a number of things you can do at home to help keep your eczema under control. Diet restrictions and chemical skin-drying agents may also help,but their success is controversial.

For severe cases not responding to high-potency steroid cream,alternate treatments may be tried. These include coal tar,psoriases + ultraviolet A light and chemotherapy agents.

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