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Dry, red, swollen skin and itching are symptoms of eczema, a common skin problem. What causes it? What can you do at home to find relief or prevent flare-ups? Find out here.
Eczema is a type of dermatitis, a group of skin diseases involving inflammation. Dermatitis comes in many forms, but the two most common are:
Eczema, the most prevalent form of dermatitis, is a chronic, non-contagious disease marked by flare-ups and bouts of remission of varying lengths. Young children are more prone to eczema than adults, but 90 percent of them will outgrow it by adolescence.
As the name suggests, contact dermatitis occurs when skin comes into direct contact with an irritant (e.g. detergent) or an allergen (e.g. gold jewellery). It can develop from a single exposure or after repeated contact. The reaction resolves in a few hours or days once contact with the trigger has ceased.
The symptoms of eczema include:
The exact causes of eczema are not yet understood, but we do know that the skin structure of those affected shows abnormalities. Their immune system also tends to be hypersensitive.
People with other types of allergic disorders (e.g., asthma, food allergies) and children whose parents have such diseases are at a higher risk for eczema.
Many factors, including perfumes, soap, rough clothing, foods, excessive indoor heat, a low level of humidity, heavy perspiration and stress, can produce or aggravate an eczema flare-up.
If you have eczema, you will need to identify your triggers and avoid them as much as possible.
Controlling exposure to your triggers is a great way to reduce eczema flares-up, but there are many other prevention measures that can help.
Personal hygiene and skin care
Clothing and laundry
When it comes to eczema, properly hydrating your skin is by far the most important treatment measure. Don’t wait for a flare-up to act. Put these measures in place every day!
Do you have eczema? Need tips on managing it? Speak with your family pharmacists for expert advice and help in selecting suitable products for your skin. They can also prescribe* medications for certain minor health problems, including eczema, when the treatment and diagnosis are already known. A consultation will be required so the pharmacist can make sure you meet the prescribing criteria.
To avail yourself of this service, you may need to book an appointment with your family pharmacist. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more details. Some Uniprix-affiliated pharmacies also offer an online appointment booking service. To locate the store nearest you providing this service, click here.
*Certain conditions must be respected. Fees may apply. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more information. Pharmacists alone are responsible for the practice of pharmacy. They offer related services only on behalf of pharmacist-owners.
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