Ways To Banish Eczema Naturally
Here Is The Truth About Eczema
Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is also called dermatitis. It is not dangerous, but most types cause red, swollen and itchy skin. Factors that can cause eczema include other diseases, irritating substances, allergies and your genetic makeup. Eczema is not contagious.
The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It is an allergic condition that makes your skin dry and itchy. It is most common in babies and children.
Eczema is a chronic disease. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding irritants, stress, and the things you are allergic to.
Picture courtesy of Creative Commons
Nummular eczema is an allergy?disorder in which itchy, coin-shaped spots or patches appear on the skin. It can occur on the hands and finger and back of knees, foot, and elbows to some.
The cause of nummular eczema is unknown. But?there usually is a personal or family history of:
- Atopic dermatitis
Things that can make the condition worse, include:
- Dry skin
- Environmental irritants
- Temperature changes
- Coin-shaped skin lesions that appear on the arms and legs
- Lesions may spread to middle of body
- Lesions may ooze and become crusty
- Scaly or raw skin
- Skin redness or inflammation
Exams and Tests
Your doctor can usually diagnose this condition by looking at your skin and asking about your family’s medical history.
A skin biopsy may be needed to rule out other similar conditions.
Avoid triggers that can make your symptoms worse, such as wool, lanolin, and certain foods. Do not take frequent baths. Excess bathing and soap can cause dry skin, which often makes the condition worse. Also, avoid hot water while taking a bath or shower.
Your doctor may recommend skin lotion, special soap, or moist bandages to soothe scaly, dry, or healing areas. Antihistamines may be prescribed?to?relieve itching.
Persons with severe symptoms may be?prescribed ointments that contain tar, corticosteroids,?or other medicines that lower the immune system. In very severe cases, more powerful corticosteroids are prescribed..
Nummular eczema is a long-term (chronic) condition. Medical treatment and avoiding irritants can help reduce symptoms.
A secondary infection of the skin may develop that can develop into a red sore ?with ?oozing associated with pain and itching.
Habif TP.Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy
Reider N, Fritsch PO. Other eczematous eruptions. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds.Dermatology