Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as dry skin dermatitis or atopic dermatitis, is a very common inflammatory skin disease. As its name suggests, eczema is commonly found in people who are allergic to something. It affects the skin on the arms, back, and sometimes face and chest.

What causes Eczema?

Childhood eczema is a common skin condition that, when discovered early and treated, usually clears completely. However, eczema can persist into adulthood in about 10% of those affected. What causes eczema? One theory is that an irritant or allergic reaction causes some people to develop a hypersensitivity (a form of allergy) to the skin’s natural protective oil, which the skin then produces extra to compensate. Eczema could be a manifestation of a genetic tendency to overproduce this oil. An allergic reaction to something else can trigger eczema.

Is all Eczema the same?

Eczema, a common inflammatory skin disease, is characterized by itchy, red skin that may take the form of cracks, rashes or blisters. It can be itchy, but it doesn’t have to be painful. The condition occurs when the skin becomes inflamed, which triggers the skin to produce an increased amount of protein called IgE. The IgE causes the skin to become irritated and to create a barrier over the lower layers of the skin, making it more prone to damage. The barrier can have a drying effect, which can lead to eczema.

How do Dermatologists diagnose Eczema?

Eczema is a common skin disorder, affecting 10% of the world’s population. There are a variety of causes including infections, allergies, reactions to medications and many other factors. Dermatologists differentiate three main types: atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.

Is Eczema Contagious?

It is absolutely true that eczema is a highly contagious disease. Eczema is caused by a skin condition that causes inflammation in the skin, leading to dry, itchy, irritated skin. It is usually worse in winter, when dry, cold air can make the skin dry and make it more susceptible to eczema. Eczema can also be spread by contact with the skin of others with eczema or sharing the same bed as someone with eczema.