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Makeup artist shares how she finally managed to heal her chronic eczema

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Eczema is a broad term health care professionals use to describe a general group of conditions that can cause the skin to become red, dry, itchy, and scaly, and in severe cases can cause weeping, bleeding, and crusting, causing the causes great discomfort to the patient. Sometimes the skin can become infected.

The condition may also flare up and disappear for no apparent reason.

Although eczema affects all ages, it usually appears in early childhood (in babies between two and six months old) and resolves around age six. In fact, more than half of all eczema patients show signs within the first 12 months of life and 20 percent of people develop eczema before the age of five.

Most children outgrow the condition, but a small percentage can develop severe eczema in adulthood.

The condition can affect not only the individual patient, but also his family and friends. Eczema in adults is often very difficult to treat and can be caused by other factors, such as medications.

What Causes Eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is not known – it appears to be related to the following internal and external triggers:

internal

– A family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever (the strongest predictor): If both parents have eczema, there is an 80 percent chance that their children will also develop eczema

– Some foods and alcohol: dairy and wheat products, citrus fruits, eggs, nuts, seafood, chemical food additives, preservatives and dyes

– Stress

external

Irritants: tobacco smoke, chemicals, weather (hot and humid or cold and dry), and air conditioning or overheating

Allergens: Dust mites, molds, grasses, plant pollen, foods, pets and clothing, soap, shampoo and detergent

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Moderately to severely itchy rash – dry, red, blotchy, or cracked skin.

It usually appears on the face, hands, neck, inside of the elbows, knees, and ankles, but it can appear on any part of the body.

Skin weeping watery liquid

Rough, ‘leathery’ thick skin

Source: AA

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