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Eczema rash
Typical red, blotchy rash
caused by eczema.

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema does not refer to one specific condition, but rather is an umbrella term for a variety of skin inflammations that can have many different symptoms and can be treated in several different ways.

One major hallmark of eczema is extreme itching. However, depending on the severity of the condition it may be followed by a variety of other symptoms including bleeding, oozing, cracking, redness, swelling, blistering, flaking, drying and crusting of the skin.

What causes eczema?

Although doctors still don't know the exact cause of the condition, eczema is thought to be an allergic reaction as the immune system responds to what it perceives is a foreign substance invading the body.

Eczema is almost always caused by contact with some sort of external stimulus. It may arise from a one-time contact with the skin, or over months or even years before a breakout occurs. Some of the more common external stimuli include clothing and jewelry, perspiration, detergents, soaps, and creams. In some cases, eczema may be a reaction to a food allergy, artificial ingredients, or food coloring dyes. No matter what the cause, stress and anxiety has been shown to worsen the symptoms of eczema, especially in adults.

Eczema treatment

The best way to treat eczema, say doctors, is by removing whatever is causing the reaction. There are, however, many different potential suspects so it may take a lot of patient testing to discern the exact cause.

If the cause cannot be found, the next step is to apply an anti-inflammatory steroid cream and anti-itch treatments so that constant rubbing or scratching does not agitate the condition. Patients are also often advised to use hypoallergenic soaps and shampoos to decrease the chances of outbreak. Antihistamines are also sometimes prescribed for eczema to decrease the severity of flareups when an allergy is suspected.

For a natural home cure, apple cider vinegar has been used successfully to ease eczema symptoms when diluted with water in a spray bottle and applied to effected areas.

If home treatments do not work, or eczema symptoms continue to worsen, a doctor or dermatologist can prescribe more powerful prescription steroids, creams or shampoos which have been shown to ease more stubborn occurrences of eczema.

More information about eczema around the Web:

Eczema Resource Center
- Here's complete information on eczema risks and how to avoid them, especially in children and toddlers, along with details on symptoms and treatment, and preventing flare-ups.

WebMD - Eczema Home Treatment - Check out tips and advice on treating and controlling symptoms, plus scroll down the page for an extensive list of related resources.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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