Dealing with Eczema and Dermatitis
Eczema and dermatitis are common skin problems. Some people may shrug it off as a simple skin rash, however, they can both lead to more serious problems if left untreated.
In this article we'll look at these common skin issues while also giving you some basic tips on how to treat them.
The term "dermatitis" refers to a group of skin problems that cause inflammation. What these different types of inflammation have in common is an allergic reaction to a specific substance (allergen). Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis and urticaria are all types of dermatitis.
But, if you don't have a specific context then you can't be too sure which type of dermatitis it is and will generally refer to it as a rash.
Eczema is a type of dermatitis, which may usually be atopic dermatitis in children, and that is commonly characterized by one or several of the following:
*skin dryness and itching
*skin edema (swelling)
Severe cases of eczema can present:
*oozing and/or bleeding
*crusting, flaking, blistering, and cracking
Mild forms of eczema will probably subside fairly quickly. However, when more severe forms of eczema can lead to breaking of the skin and subsequent infections. This is why it is so important that you deal with eczema promptly.
First of all you need to identify the triggers that set off eczema flare-ups. Everyone has a different trigger, however, the most common ones are contact with harsh ingredients and rough fabrics, and exposure to sunlight, heat and wind.
Identifying your triggers and avoiding them is essential if you want to keep your eczema under control.
If you discover that you react negatively to cleaning agents then changing the brand you are using or avoid them all together. If you have problems with scratchy clothing you should avoid them and buy clothing that is made with softer fibers. Try purchasing clothing made with cottons and linens. Instead of wool, invest in cashmere garments.
If your flare-ups are caused by heat and humidity, try to avoid areas that have both. Stay in shady areas and away from open flames. When you exercise, do so in an open, well ventilated area.
By sipping cool water during the summer or when you are in a hot room, you can help regulate your body's core temperature. This will help reduce your chances of having flare-ups.
You can also help alleviate your eczema and reduce the number of flare-ups by changing your skin care routine. Natural skin care balms can give you a gentler treatment than can traditional skin care products. Traditional skin care products usually contain fragrances, fillers and chemical ingredients that can aggravate your eczema.
You should always look for products that are fragrance and alcohol free and steer clear of products containing cinnamon, menthol and ylang-ylang. A good dry skin lotion can also help soothe dry skin problems that often accompany eczema.
BIOSKINBALM is a natural skin care cream that can be used as an eczema cream and for dry skin care. BIOSKINBALM contains snail serum, which is the key ingredient in making this product a soothing alternative to most traditional skin care products.
Published April 15th, 2010