Facts you Need to Know About Eczema
Eczema is the most common skin condition affecting people in India. While it does not have any health complications, eczema can have serious effects on the patients quality of life by leaving them to be self conscious and physically uncomfortable. If you have eczema or know someone who has eczema we have board certified plastic surgeon who can help you at Bombay Cosmetic Clinic in Mumbai.
Fact #1: “Eczema” actually describes a variety of conditions.
Most people who are talking about eczema are talking about one specific condition, atopic dermatitis, which is a chronic condition that causes dry, itchy, inflamed patches of skin. However, there are many causes of eczema. Other than atopic dermatitis, there are several types of eczema including:
- Contact dermatitis: a rash develops on the skin when it comes in contact with an irritant or when your skin has an allergic reaction.
- Dyshidrotic eczema: your skin doesn’t have the defensive barriers it needs so you frequently develop dry, itchy rashes.
- Neurodermatitis: a recurrent itch appears on the skin for no apparent reason, often in times of stress, and this can lead to further inflammation and irritation from scratching the itch.
- Nummular dermatitis: a rash of oval-shaped sores develop, usually after a skin injury like a burn, insect bit, or abrasion.
- Stasis dermatitis: the lower part of the leg swells and discolors due to poor circulation.
Fact #2: Eczema isn’t contagious
Researchers are still clueless as what causes eczema, but there are studies which prove that it is caused due to a variety of genetics and environmental factors. We do know that neither the condition nor the symptoms are contagious.
Fact #3: Eczema isn’t curable, but it’s treatable
While there isn’t a cure for eczema we can definitely eliminate it, the condition goes away for most people and in the meantime there are a variety of eczema treatments that can manage the symptoms. Depending on the type and severity of your eczema, our experienced providers will design a treatment plan which may include prescription topical medications, laser treatments, antihistamines, specialized body washes and moisturizers, antibiotics, and more.
Fact #4: Eczema symptoms often flare up in response to specific triggers.
For many types of eczema, the symptoms come and go based on certain factors in your environment. Identifying these triggers can minimize the symptoms, but they’re different for each person. At Bombay Cosmetic Clinic, we perform needle-free patch testing to evaluate your skin’s reaction to certain substances and find your individual triggers.
Fact #5: Most kids outgrow eczema
The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, often develops in kids or babies. As hard it is for parents to watch their kids go through the discomfort, the good news is that the eczema generally clear up as kids get older. Keep in mind, however, that there are no guarantees and that kids can get serious infections from scratching their eczema, so it’s still important to have your child’s condition diagnosed and treated.
Eczema can be a frustrating condition as the symptoms of the infection can come back at inopportune time. The good news, though, is that with treatment from an experienced and qualified medical professional, you’re likely to enjoy more symptom-free time as well as less severe symptoms when a flare up does occur.