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1 What Is Eczema? on Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:33 am

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The meaning of the word “eczema” can cause confusion. Many people use this word to refer to a common skin condition called atopic dermatitis. When this is the meaning, the words “eczema/atopic dermatitis” may be used. The word “eczema” also has a more general meaning. Eczema can mean a family of skin conditions that causes the skin to become swollen, irritated, and itchy.

Many skin conditions are considered a type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is one type. Other types include hand dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff is a mild type of seborrheic dermatitis. Diaper rash and the rash that many people get after coming into contact with poison ivy are other types of eczema.


What Causes Eczema?

What causes some types of eczema is clear-cut. One type of eczema, irritant contact dermatitis, develops after frequent exposure to a mild irritant such as a detergent or brief exposure to a strong irritant such as battery acid. Another type, allergic contact dermatitis develops when an allergen (substance to which a person is allergic) touches the skin. Common allergens include poison ivy and nickel. A nickel allergy is actually one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Many everyday objects contain nickel, including coins, buttons, jewelry, and eyeglass frames.

The exact cause of other types of eczema is not fully understood. Researchers believe that atopic dermatitis develops when many factors combine. These factors include inheriting certain genes, having an overactive immune system, and having something that dermatologists call a “barrier defect.” A barrier defect is a term that means “gaps in the skin.” These gaps allow the skin to lose water too quickly. The gaps also allow germs and other things too small to see with the naked eye to enter the body.

Seborrheic dermatitis is another type of eczema that seems to develop when a number of factors interact. These factors include the person’s genes, yeast that live on human skin, stress, climate, and overall general health. Research shows that seborrheic dermatitis tends to be severe in people who have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This indicates that the person’s immune system plays a role.


How do Dermatologists Diagnose Eczema?
If your dermatologist suspects any type of eczema, the doctor will take a complete medical history, ask about your (or your child’s) symptoms, and examine your (or your child’s) skin. This provides enough information to accurately diagnose many types of eczema. If there are telltale signs that this is an allergic reaction, your dermatologist may order a test called the “patch test.” Patch testing can help identify everyday substances to which a person is allergic. Sometimes eczema can be easy to diagnose, but a challenge to treat. Teaming up with a dermatologist can help.



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2 Re: What Is Eczema? on Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:16 am

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dermatitus and eczema are the same but just different words? I didn't know there were so many different types of eczema. good to know so that it can be more easily targeted and knowing how to treat.

3 Re: What Is Eczema? on Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:32 pm

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Not exactly, they are similar but as stated "Many people use this word to refer to a common skin condition called atopic dermatitis. When this is the meaning, the words “eczema/atopic dermatitis” may be used. The word “eczema” also has a more general meaning. Eczema can mean a family of skin conditions that causes the skin to become swollen, irritated, and itchy."
Eczema can refer to a number of different skin problems, not only dermatitus.

4 Re: What Is Eczema? on Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:44 am

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Thanks LiteNYellow for making it clear.
Well eczema is pretty much a broad dermatological
but the effect of it in a person's self esteem (in the physical aspect of course), is not good.
That is why, treatment for this should really not be neglected.

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5 Siddha Treatment on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:40 am

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Melasma

Melasma (Cholasma) is much common amongst the Asian race. It is common during pregnancy. Darkening of facial skin across cheeks, around eyes and over the forehead. It is common amongst those who take contraceptive pills.

Eczema , Dry Skin

The increase in melanocytes due to stimulating hormone like oestrogen and progesterone also play a role.
Lichen Planus is usually a self limited eruption, which can involve the glabrous skin, mucous membranes, hair and nails. A prevalence of 1.4% is note in dermatology patients.

6 Re: What Is Eczema? on Wed May 09, 2012 4:04 am

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Eczema is a kind of skin disorder, it involves scaly and itchy rashes but I've known Aveeno moisturizing cream as an effective cream for this, its a little expensive though but worth it.

7 Re: What Is Eczema? on Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:20 pm

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I've been using Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream for my eczema and it's been really working! It gets rid of the redness, dryness, itchiness, pain and cracking. My skin looks smooth and feels so soft. I recommend it for relief.

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