Dealing with Eczema and Dermatitis

 By: Cynthia Alleyne
Eczema and dermatitis are two very common skin problems. Some people may shrug it off as a simple skin rash, however, they can both lead to more serious problems if left untreated.

In this article we'll give you some helpful tips and take a closer look at the skin condition itself.

Dermatitis

The term "dermatitis" refers to a group of skin problems that cause inflammation. What these different types of inflammation all have in common is that they show an allergic reaction to a specific allergen. Contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and urticaria are all different types of dermatitis.

But, in order to know which type of dermatitis you are suffering from you need to have some context, if not you're looking at a simple rash that you know nothing about.

Eczema

Eczema is a type of dermatitis, which is commonly characterized by one or several of the following symptoms:

*redness
*skin dryness and itching
*skin edema (swelling)

Some of the more severe cases of eczema can present any of the following:

*oozing and/or bleeding
*blistering, cracking, crusting, and flaking

Mild forms of eczema will usually subside rather quickly, nevertheless, more severe forms of eczema can actually lead to breaking of the skin and subsequent infections. This is why it is so important that you deal with eczema promptly.

The first thing you must do is identify the triggers that set off eczema flare-ups. Everyone has a different trigger that can set off their eczema flare-up, however, the most common among these are contact with harsh ingredients and exposure to sunlight, heat, and wind.

Being able to identify your triggers and avoiding them is vital if you want to keep your eczema under control.

If you react negatively to cleaning detergents and soaps, try changing the brand you are using. Avoiding scratchy clothing is much easier; simply do not buy clothes made from itchy material. Try purchasing clothing made with cottons and linens. Instead of wool, invest in cashmere garments.

If your eczema flare-ups because of heat and humidity, then try to avoid these areas. Stay in shady areas and away from open flames. When you exercise, do so in an open, well ventilated area.

By sipping cool water during the summer or when you are in a hot room, you can help regulate your body's core temperature. This will make it less likely that you develop an eczema flare-up.

You can also help alleviate your eczema and reduce the number of flare-ups by changing your skin care routine. Because traditional skin care products usually contain fragrances, fillers and chemical ingredients that can aggravate your eczema, it is often best to use natural skin care balms.

Healing Balms Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups

Always stay away from products that contain cinnamon, menthol and ylang-ylang, instead, opt for products that are fragrance and alcohol free. A good dry skin lotion can also help soothe dry skin problems that often accompany eczema.
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