Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Eczema is a form of dermatitis—an inflammatory skin condition—that causes the skin to lose moisture and crack. Eczema can be caused and/or severely aggravated by allergens.
Once our skin’s protective barrier is broken, we become susceptible to a range of allergens, irritants and infections. These cause itching and scratching, which further aggravate the problem.
Signs of eczema may appear as redness, itching, oozing, rough thickened skin or dry skin, usually around elbow creases, wrists, neck, ankles, and behind knees. There are various types of eczema. Many of these can be caused and/or severely aggravated by allergens. Interestingly, eczema symptoms can be a warning sign for susceptibility to other allergies. A significant number of children with eczema also develop hay fever, asthma or food allergy. The more severe the eczema, the more likely other allergies may develop.
Eczema occurs in all age groups, but is most common in infants and children. The prevalence of eczema in Australian children has increased from 3% to more than 20% in the past generation. While most outgrow eczema, many continue to suffer from dry and sensitive skin. Eczema can cause considerable discomfort and distress. Though the condition cannot be cured, effective treatment and management can control and prevent symptoms.
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Eczema can be triggered or aggravated by many factors, including:
- synthetic, wool or other irritating fibres/clothing
- food allergy and intolerance
- food additives
- pollens from grasses, trees and weeds
- contact with animals
- swimming in chlorinated pools
- skin irritation from sand or dirt
- dust mites
- viral/fungal/bacterial infections