Skincare: Eczema Causes and Cure
Eczema is a skin condition that affects children, but it can persist into adulthood. Sadly children who develop eczema also develop asthma. Dr. Vijay Singhal, Dermatologist at Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute explains some of the triggers for eczema and ways to prevent it.
As mentioned in Wikipedia, ‘Eczema also known as atopic dermatitis is a form of chronic inflammation of the skin.’ The skin turns red, itchy, dry, flaky, with blisters, and even swells up. But there are different types of eczema:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Xerotic eczema
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis
- Discoid eczema
- Venous eczema
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
There are several triggers or causes of eczema, Dermatologist, Dr. Vijay explains, “Triggers for eczema can be internal or external. For example, winters, woollen clothes, artificial jewellery (nickel), rubber slippers, congress grass (a type of weed) etc.” Individuals are born with eczema, but internal and external factors trigger an outburst. If you experience a rash, immediate consult your physician for timely treatment.
If you are prone to experiencing eczema, then keep your skin moisturised. Dr. Vijay Singhal suggests ways to prevent eczema, “It can be prevented by keeping the skin moist by applying a moisturiser and petroleum jelly. Care should also be taken in order to keep away from the above mentioned irritants”. Stay away from the triggers, change your diet and avoid scratching, these are self-care tips. Your doctor can suggest anti-allergy medication or injections to prevent eczema.
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