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About eczema - part 1

Identifying your problem!


Recently we have lots of personal contacts needing consultation and requests regarding skin problems, drying out, redness and itching. Most of the time the symptoms are related to eczema. In this article we make a brief summary of the types and symptoms of eczema, so you can easier identify your skin issue.

In the next part we will summerize the possibilities how you can avoid eczema or if you already have eczema, how to minimize your symptoms or even how to get rid of them.

In the third part we will offer you ingredients, products and diy practices to relief and cure your eczema.


What is eczema

Woman hands with severe eczema.

Dermatitis is a skin inflammation. Eczema is the most common type of dermatitis. If your skin itches and turns red you may have eczema. Eczema first appears as an episode of itching and redness of the skin. You also may have tiny bumps or blisters. There are also some common symptoms for all types of eczema:

  • dry, scaly skin

  • redness

  • itching


Seeing a doctor

Doctor examining an elbow with eczema.

A skin doctor (dermatologist) can diagnose and treat eczema. It is very important that you see a doctor, and discover the reason of your eczema. To help the doctor diagnose your skin and find out what triggers your eczema it is very helpful if you are prepared with the following information:

  • what you eat and drink

  • what skin products, chemicals, soaps, makeup, and detergents you use

  • what activities you do, such as taking a walk outside in the woods (with or without gloves) or swimming in a chlorinated pool

  • how often and how long you take shower or bath, and the temperature of the water

  • writing a diary can also help to find a connection between your activities and the eczema.

An allergy specialist can also do a test. This test can help your doctor tell which substances trigger your eczema, so you can avoid them.

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Types of eczema

There are many types of eczema. The type depends on the cause, shape and location of the rash.


Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis)

This type of eczema occurs repeatedly. It usually occurs in people with an inherited tendency to allergies like allergic asthma, hay fever or food allergies. Atopic eczema also appears in early life, usually before 18 months of age.

Babys face with red eczema patches.

Eczema location in babies:

  • face

  • neck

  • ears

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