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Eczema and Rashes

If you have itchy bumps or dry red patches, most likely you have the skin rash known as eczema. Eczema is due to inflammation of the skin. When eczema is severe or present for a long time, there may be blistering, cracked and thickened skin, making the skin at risk of infection. While eczema is the popular name, the medical term is dermatitis.

Causes of dermatitis include heredity, irritation, allergy, and excessive dryness. Dryness may also exacerbate all forms of dermatitis. Some of the more common forms of dermatitis are listed below.

  • Atopic dermatitis is genetically inherited. It may be severe during childhood, may wax and wane, and may reoccur throughout your life.

  • Asteatotic dermatitis is due to excessively dry skin. The sebum or natural oil in skin is reduced due to normal aging or excessive contact with water and strong soaps, or exposure to sun, wind, cold or heat.

  • Contact dermatitis occurs when something comes in contact with the skin causing irritation or an allergic reaction. Common allergens include poisonous plants, fragrance and tape adhesive.

  • Dyshidrotic dermatitis is characterized by small intensely itchy bumps and blisters on fingers, hands and feet.

  • Stasis dermatitis occurs on the lower legs due to chronic swelling and poor circulation.

Treatment of dermatitis will depend on the type of dermatitis, duration and severity. Determining and removing the underlying cause of your eczema is essential. Rehydrating the skin with moisturizers is usually recommended. Prescription medications may include topical or non-steroidal creams or ointments, antibiotics if the skin is infected, and oral antihistamines to reduce itching and scratching.

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