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Eczema, also called dermatitis, refers to several non-contagious skin conditions. The most common, atopic eczema, is triggered by contact with irritants (allergens, scented products, etc.).
Here are the most common types of eczema.
Contact dermatitis is the most frequent type of inflammation of the skin. It is a temporary reaction triggered by an allergen or irritating product.
The most prevalent form of chronic eczema is atopic eczema, which involves an inherited hypersensitivity of the immune system. Sufferers often present other types of allergic disorders (e.g. food allergies, asthma, hay fever), in conjunction or alternation with the eczema.
Seborrhic eczema is a form of eczema of the scalp that can also spread to the face, ears and chest. In adults, seborrhea is known as dandruff. In babies, it appears as cradle cap, a thick, yellowish skin rash.
Varicose eczema affects the lower legs of older adults. It is associated with poor circulation.
The symptoms of eczema are as follows:
Other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, can present similar symptoms. Do not hesitate to consult a health professional if you have any concerns on this subject.
Other than genetics, many factors can cause or aggravate eczema:
Young children are more likely to have eczema. However, 90 percent of them will outgrow their symptoms by adolescence.
Since eczema cannot be cured, the treatment options, which vary according to the type of eczema you have, are intended to reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with it.
Many creams can be used to soothe the discomfort of eczema, reduce the intensity of flare ups and decrease recurrence.
La Roche Posay’s LIPIKAR line is an example of products to incorporate into your daily routine or that of your eczema-prone child:
They can be used to reduce extreme itchiness, when the condition involves an allergic component.
Consult a health professional to learn more about the best treatment for your type of eczema.
Here are a few tips for people suffering from eczema:
Psychological and emotional factors, such as a major stressful event, family conflicts or the loss of a loved one play an important role in eczema flare-ups. People with eczema should therefore practise relaxation activities or seek professional counselling to better understand and manage their stress.
Do you have questions about eczema and its treatment? Ask your pharmacist for help!
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