Red, irritated, inflamed skin are all signs of a skin condition known as eczema. Perhaps you or a loved one may be dealing with this issue and would like to learn more about the condition, along with its symptoms. Below is some more information on what this skin condition is, who’s at risk, as well as some common symptoms.
Eczema actually refers to a group of skin conditions that lead to irritation and redness. Atopic eczema is the most common of these. Those with this condition are more at risk of having other allergy-related conditions such as hay fever or asthma. The condition often develops in infants or children and is outgrown around the age of 10. However, a small percentage of individual continue to experience symptoms throughout their lives.
Symptoms of Eczema
This condition can affect various parts of the body. Usually, there is itchiness, accompanied by rash. You’ll most likely see a rash on the wrists, hands, feet, face or backs of knees. It’s possible to experiencing itching without a rash. The skin in affected areas will usually appear thick, scaly and dry. The tone of the rash appears differently on various skin colors. Babies may have an oozing rash with crusts. Usually, this is on the face and scalp. However, it can show up on other parts of the body as well.
Causes of Eczema
Experts still don’t know what the precise cause of eczema is. Many think it is due to an overactive immune system response to a suspected irritant. The immune system kicks in to deal with this suspected invader, which leads to the symptoms of eczema such as an itchy, scaly rash. Genetics may also play a role, as families with a history of asthma tend to be prone to this skin condition. Sometimes a problem with the skin barrier lets germs in, but keeps moisture out. This can cause the dry, itchy rash also. Many things can cause a flare-up of symptoms, so it’s important to pay attention to any possible contributing factors such as household product exposure, temperature, animal dander, or certain fabrics.
There’s no cure for this condition, but its symptoms can be managed. The key is proper diagnosis and medical treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation! We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you start to feel better. Gold Skin Care Center is conveniently located in Nashville, TN.