Understanding Eczema & Dermatitis
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a dry skin condition which is also known as dermatitis. The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema. It causes dry, red, itchy and flaky skin most often behind the knees, inside the elbows, on the neck, and around the ears and eyes. Atopic eczema is most common during childhood with 65% of sufferers growing out of it by the age of 16. However it can also return in adult life.
What causes Eczema?
The cause of eczema is unknown although it often runs in families and is common in those who suffer from allergies such as hayfever, and asthma. Most people experience fairly mild eczema, but in some it may be more severe, more widespread and lead to crusty skin, bleeding and infections.
Psoriasis is an unconnected skin condition which also results in red, itchy skin. It is more common in adults, and unlike eczema the affected skin is covered by silvery scales.
How to treat Eczema
Emollient creams or moisturisers are most commonly used the treat eczema. They help to relieve itching and irritation of the skin and reduce water loss through covering it with a protective film. Soap substitutes and bath additives may also help improve eczema.
Corticosteroid creams or steroid creams are also used to treat more severe eczema. Mild versions are available over the counter with stronger versions available on prescription.
Tower Health's natural Eczema solutions
A natural, cortisone and antibiotic free cream for eczema is Colostrum Dermacell itchy skin cream which is available through Tower Health.