Symptoms, Causes & Treatment of Eczema

Eczema Symptoms, Causes and Treatment 

Eczema is a chronic condition that presents itself with inflamed, dry, itchy, and cracked skin. It is also popularly known as dermatitis.

This skin condition is typically seen in children. Adults may still acquire eczema, though.

The most common type of eczema is called “atopic eczema”. This condition is characterized by inflamed, itchy, and flaky skin around the hands, cheeks, elbows, knees, and neck. Other parts of the body can also be affected by atopic eczema.

The condition usually intensifies when a sufferer is exposed to changing weather, allergens, and other sensitive-skin triggers such as soaps.

Eczema has no cure at the moment. People with the condition manage it through proper hygiene, treatment plans, and medications to alleviate symptoms. They find that with the right treatment plan, their symptoms gradually improve. Children with eczema may experience improved skin conditions after sticking to a healthy treatment plan.

What are the symptoms of Eczema?

Here are the general symptoms to expect in people with eczema::

  • Cracked, dry, and itchy skin
  • Bleeding skin through the cracks
  • Reddish inflamed skin
  • Sores

 

The intensity of these symptoms varies greatly among patients. Itching is the most common complaint eczema patients always experience.

When to See a Doctor about Eczema?

Continued scratching of itchy eczema-infested skin will eventually lead to bleeding. Scratched skin is also highly-prone to bacteria and infections.

Infected eczema skin is usually accompanied by increased pain and swelling of the body parts under the affected skin. Skin crusting and yellow spots filled with leaking fluid may start to appear. In the worst cases, you may even develop a high fever on top of all these symptoms.

It is critical to consult a physician for advice regarding your eczema, especially if you think it’s becoming worse. Mobidoctor staff can assist you in talking to a doctor that will properly assess, diagnose, and advise you on what to do to manage your eczema.