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Eczema is more common than you know

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, itchy, scaly, red skin. It can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in babies and children. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, environmental triggers, and the immune system. Eczema is not contagious.

The symptoms of eczema are different for different people and can change over time. Common symptoms are dry, itchy skin; redness; swelling; flaking or crusty skin and some people even have sores and bleeding. Eczema can be triggered or worsen with general allergies, dry skin, stress, certain foods, harsh and fragranced products and even temperature changes.

There is no cure for eczema, so it is important to treat the symptoms by applying moisturizers, avoiding triggers that may aggravate it and lifestyle changes such as drinking enough water, staying out of direct sunlight and so on. In some cases prescription ointments and pain relievers are given when symptoms don't subside or to avoid infections. It is important to manage eczema early on to prevent it from getting worse. If you or your family member has eczema, it is important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Some extra tips for managing eczema:

  • Take care of your skin. This includes bathing with lukewarm water, using mild soaps, and patting your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

  • Manage stress. Stress can trigger eczema, so it is important to find ways to manage stress. This could include exercise, relaxation techniques, or spending time in nature.

  • Avoid direct sunlight and anything that may dry the skin more than usual.


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