Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, is believed to be an important factor. Asthma, hay fever, and eczema often occur in the same families.
Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in maintaining the barrier of normal skin.
Eczema can be triggered by substances that come in contact with the skin, such as soaps, cosmetics, clothing, detergents, jewelry or sweat. Environmental allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions) may also cause outbreaks of eczema. Changes in temperature or humidity, or even psychological stress, can lead to outbreaks of eczema in some people.
Eczema most commonly appears as dry, reddened skin that itches or burns. Intense itching is frequently the first symptom in most people with eczema. Sometimes, eczema may lead to blisters and oozing lesions, but eczema can also result in dry, crusted, scaly, and thickened skin induced by repeated scratching.
Eczema Treatment - Basic Therapies
The goals for the treatment of eczema are to prevent itching, inflammation, and worsening of the condition. Treatment of eczema may involve both lifestyle changes and the use of medications. Most doctors will start patients on basic therapies. Keeping the skin well hydrated through the application of creams or ointments (with a low water and high oil content) as well as avoiding over-bathing is an important step in treatment. It is recommended to apply emollient creams such as petrolatum-based creams to damp skin immediately after a five-minute lukewarm bath, prior to towel drying, in order to seal in moisture while the body is still wet.
Can Eczema Be Prevented?
While there is no cure for eczema, you can take steps to manage your symptoms and lessen the severity of outbreaks. Preventing eczema may be as simple as changing your laundry detergent or as difficult as moving to a new climate or changing jobs. Try the measures listed on this and the following slide to control and help prevent outbreaks of eczema.
Usually people with low blood sugar problems and a weak immune system, can develop eczema. Sugar and gluten allergy are mostly responsible, because sugar weakens your immune system (just half a teaspoon shuts down your immune system for 3 hours!) so you can develop allergies.
When you also have a gluten allergy, your immune system regards gluten as a toxic substance that is invading your body, and so your immune system attacks all parts of your body, trying to rid your body of this poisonous toxin, which causes inflammation throughout your whole body, therefore bringing on skin disorders and a whole host of other illnesses.
Removing strawberries, eggs, dairy and shellfish from their diet is also helpful for people with eczema. It should then clear up in a couple of months.
Replace sugar with Natvia Sweetener:www.natvia.com.au and only buy gluten free products.
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