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Eczema - Overview

Eczema, also known as dermatitis or atopic eczema, is a condition which causes inflammation of the skin, characterised by itching, redness and an outbreak of lesions. Some types of eczema skin disease can also cause blisters. It is a chronic condition and has a tendency to flare-up periodically. It is not a contagious disease; therefore it does not spread from one person to another. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, eczema skin disease affects about 15% of children and 2% - 4% of adults.

Quick Facts on Eczema

  • Eczema is a general term for any form of dermatitis or 'itchy rash'
  • Eczema can lead to various complications such as skin infections, sleep and behavioural problems among others
  • Stress and other emotional disorders can aggravate eczema skin disease
  • Skin eczema is a long-term disorder that tends to flare-up suddenly and then lessen

Eczema is a long-term or chronic inflammatory condition of the skin, causing itching, redness and lesions/eruptions on the skin. Skin eczema is mostly seen in children; however it can affect adults as well. Among infants, eczema generally tends to disappear by the age of three, but it may continue into adulthood for some people. The skin disease eczema affects both men as well as women.

Impact of Eczema

Even though eczema is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a considerable impact on a person’s quality of life. Skin eczema is a painful, chronic condition that can cause extreme discomfort. The itching and the pain associated with eczema can disrupt sleep and also affect the performance of day-to-day activities. Skin disease eczema is believed to be contagious, which is completely untrue. Yet, if eczema rashes are visible to others, they often act as a cause of social isolation. This has a negative impact on the self-image and self-confidence of the person suffering from atopic eczema. According to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, adults with atopic eczema are more likely to develop depression and anxiety. An ideal treatment for eczema also needs to focus on these aspects.

Types of Eczema

There are various types of eczema skin condition. Atopic dermatitis (scaly eruptions on skin) and contact dermatitis (eczema rash due to contact with allergens or irritants) are two of the most common forms of eczema. Others include seborrhoeic dermatitis (dandruff), exfoliative dermatitis (scaling and flaking on entire body), stasis dermatitis (eczema due to poor circulation), neuro-dermatitis (stress-related eczema) and nummular dermatitis (coin-shaped spots on skin).

Causes of Eczema

The causes of eczema vary from person-to-person. Eczema skin condition is usually a consequence of several factors working together, not just one factor in isolation. Some forms of skin eczema are triggered by irritant substances that come in contact with our skin, such as soaps, cosmetics, clothing, detergents, jewellery or sweat. Environmental allergens, such as exposure to poison ivy or other poisonous plants, may also cause an outbreak of atopic eczema. Certain ingredients in cosmetics or skin care products may cause an eczema rash. Changes in temperature, humidity or even psychological stress can lead to eczema flare ups.

Symptoms of Eczema

The symptoms of eczema skin condition depend upon the type of eczema. The general symptoms include itchy, scaling skin with a parched appearance. The skin may crack and turn red or inflamed, leading to infection. The acute form may sometimes manifest as a colourless, sticky fluid with crusts and scabs. This is called ‘wet’ or ‘weeping’ eczema. Eczema in infants often affects the face, diaper area, front of the knee and back of the elbow.

Phases of eczema skin condition may range from the symptoms getting worse to the symptoms getting better by themselves, which implicates an unpredictable course in several patients. However, early diagnosis and treatment can provide relief to patients from the associated symptoms of skin eczema.

Homeopathic Treatment for Eczema

Homeopathic treatment for eczema does not work to suppress the existing symptoms, but aims at treating the root cause of the condition. Homeopathic medicines are also effective in treating the various underlying conditions that trigger or aggravate skin eczema. They aid in gently boosting the functioning of the immune system and improving immunity so the body can fight the condition from within. Along with the physical symptoms, our homeopathic doctors also address the different psychological effects of eczema skin disease, such as stress, anxiety and depression. Homeopathic treatment for eczema significantly brings down the possibility of recurrence. The medicines help reduce itching, intensity, frequency and duration of the eczema flare-ups.

Eczema Treatment Results at Dr Batra’s™

At Dr Batra’sTM, we have successfully treated thousands of eczema cases over the last 35 years. We have a success rate of 94.3% in treating skin disorders, including eczema. Homeopathy treatment at Dr Batra's™ treats atopic eczema without any side-effects and toxicity. The expert homeopathic doctors determine the treatment based on a detailed case history as well as the evaluation of the extent and severity of the eczema symptoms. Homeopathic treatment shows quick response with regards to reducing flare-ups and in reducing the use of conventional treatment. It also reduces the possibility of hypersensitivity disorders such as allergies or asthma being triggered once eczema is treated successfully.

FAQs

Can eczema rash spread?

Skin disease eczema is not contagious in nature; hence it does not spread from one person to another. However, an eczema rash can spread to different areas of the affected person’s body.

Can itchy skin be a sign of something serious?

Itchy skin can be a symptom of underlying ailments. These can include liver diseases, kidney failure, thyroid problems, iron deficiency (anaemia) and certain cancers. Itchy skin is often experienced as a part of certain skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis), nerve disorders (multiple sclerosis, diabetes), psychological disorders (anxiety, depression) and allergic reactions. Some women also experience itchy skin during pregnancy.

What foods cause itchy skin?

Food allergies often cause itchy skin as a reaction to being exposed to a food allergen. Some of the common food items that can trigger allergic reactions include milk products, peanuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, nuts and wheat among others. The itching caused by these food items and subsequent scratching can flare up or aggravate atopic eczema symptoms.

Is eczema a skin disease or disorder?

Eczema is an inflammatory skin disease which causes the skin to develop scaly, itchy lesions. Eczema skin disease may be triggered due to contact with irritant substances, exposure to environmental allergens, changes in temperature and extreme stress among others.

What allergy causes itchy skin?

Most allergic reactions can irritate the skin and cause it to feel itchy. Food allergy, ragweed allergy, allergic rhinitis, contact dermatitis, insect allergy, allergic eczema and drug allergy are some of the various types of allergies that can cause itchy skin.

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