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Thursday, October 6, 2016
October is Eczema Month
It may first appear as a itchy, red patch. The issue becomes worst when it is scratched. Eczema often irritates chins, cheeks, neck, inner elbows, or behind your knees. After a doctor diagnose it may just be eczema. Don't let this alarm you as it can be treated and it is very common and manageable. Over 30 million Americans have eczema of some form.
The top population of individuals who have eczema are babies and children. Have you ever seen a baby or young child with red cheeks and chin?? It may be that they have eczema. Eczema can appear on the body in other areas as well. Eczema often goes away as the child grows older but some may have eczema as they grow older. Adults can also develop eczema even if they never had it as a child.
The term eczema is a label placed on dermatitis or "itchy rash" The skin diseases that may be labeled as eczema are:
All types can cause itching and redness and some will blister, weep or peel. Eczema symptoms are different for everyone. You may have more or less symptoms than another individual with eczema. While eczema is normally itchy it may range from mild to a extreme leaving inflamed skin. At times the itching will become so inflamed that an individual may scratch the skin til it bleeds. Eczema will appear with:
Dry, sensitive skin
Red, inflamed skin
Very bad itching
Dark colored patches of skin
Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
Oozing or crusting
Areas of swelling
You may have just a few of these symptoms or have them all to have eczema. Your symptoms may go away not to return or you may have eczema that reappears with flare ups. The best and truly the only way to know if you have eczema is to visit the doctor.