Eczema

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by Yushrah Khasim

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Eczema. Hard to pronounce… heard of it before, but still clueless of what it means?

Well, as someone who’s had eczema for nearly 3 years now.

I’m here to enlighten you.

Eczema is also known as Atopic dermatitis. That sounds biological, right? But let me break it down to you and tell you what symptoms and perks (stay tuned) eczema is all about.

Its symptoms include dry skin, itching (which may become severe at night) and red to brownish-grey patches that may appear on the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, eyelids (and these are just the most common areas). For infants, it may appear on their face or scalp in addition to those mentioned above. In other words, your skin would end up looking like a baked pastry and will feel like you’re wearing an ugly Christmas sweater that’s been showered in itching powder.

It is said that Eczema is related to a gene variation that affects the skin’s ability to provide protection. This will make your skin prone to be affected by environmental factors, irritants and allergens. In some children, food allergies may also play a role in causing Eczema.

In addition to these, certain substances or conditions called trigger factors can cause eczema to flare up. Some of these include irritants such as soaps, detergents, wool, skin infections, dry skin, low humidity, heat, sweating or emotional stress and allergens such as dust mites, pollen or foods.

Eczema has no known cure, but don’t worry, it’s not deadly, just painful.

Its symptoms can be controlled by drinking lots of water, constantly moisturising your skin to keep your skin hydrated and avoiding the things that may cause it to flare up.

On the bright side to having eczema, according to new research, Eczema may reduce the risk of developing skin cancer as you’re constantly shedding skin (like the crumbs that fall while you’re eating a cookie) so it’s not that bad, so don’t be too sad if you show symptoms similar to that of Eczema. After all, having skin that looks like a baked pastry doesn’t seem too bad when there’s a bright side.

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/symptoms-causes/syc-20353273#:~:text=Atopic%20dermatitis%20(eczema)%20is%20a,by%20asthma%20or%20hay%20fever.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140505211355.htm#:~:text=Eczema%20caused%20by%20defects%20in,cancerous%20cells%20from%20the%20skin.

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/eczema/atopic-dermatitis-eczema#:~:text=Eczema%20affects%20about%2010%25%20to,treatment%20and%20by%20avoiding%20irritants.

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-eczema-last

https://www.southerncross.co.nz/group/medical-library/eczema-causes-symptoms-treatment#:~:text=Certain%20substances%20or%20conditions%20called,pollen%2C%20moulds%2C%20or%20foods.

https://www.seton.net/skin-care/2016/12/30/4-things-eczema-can-tell-health/#:~:text=Your%20Skin%20Is%20Thirsty&text=For%20people%20prone%20to%20eczema,showering%2C%20and%20running%20a%20humidifier

 

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