What is Ezcema?

Common types of Eczema

The below article discusses the common types of Excema

What Exactly Is Eczema?
By Buffy Hall, RN

There are three common types of eczema: atopic, irritant
contact and allergic contact dermatitis. Generally speaking,
eczema is caused by inflammation producing cells that travel to
the skin and release chemicals, making the skin dry, flakey,
itchy and red.

Atopic Eczema – the most common form

Atopic Eczema is closely linked to a family history of lots of
allergies. The most common symptom you see is itchiness
(pruritis) which can become almost unbearable in intensity.
Other symptoms include overall dryness of the skin, redness and
acute inflammation.

The severe itching leads to scratching, the scratching leads to
skin breakdown which can then lead to infection. In infected
eczema, the skin will crack and weep (called ‘wet’ eczema). It’s
painful, embarrassing, unsightly and just plain miserable to
have.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis -immune system reaction

This type of eczema happens when the skin builds up to an
allergic response over time, as it’s exposed to something over
and over. For instance, many people develop a reaction to the
nickel that is often found in earrings, belt buckles and buttons
on clothing.

Or the skin is reacting to one of the chemicals used in
commercial skin care products, soaps and shampoos. These are
common triggers for this kind of an eczema outbreak, especially
the parabens, propylene glycol and mineral oil that are used in
almost every commercial skin care and beauty product out there.

The younger the skin, the more likely you are to have a
reaction! So carefully read the labels on your baby products
please!

Irritant Contact Dermatitis – caused by household chemicals

This type is most commonly found in adults rather than
children. After all, not too many teenagers spend much time with
cleaning products, right?… Seriously, this is the best reason
in the world to change your cleaning products to environmentally
friendly ones without all the harsh, corrosive and harmful
chemicals. And PLEASE, when cleaning the bathroom or kitchen,
WEAR GLOVES!

About the Author: Buffy Hall, RN Ret. worked as an RN for 12
years before retiring due to complications from rheumatoid
arthritis and fibromyalgia. She is a long time student of
natural healing and alternative therapies and practices many of
them in the management of her own chronic illness. You can
contact her anytime at blogstuff@bodybubbles.com

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