Eczema Affects Everyone Differently
Some people are born with an inherited tendency to develop eczema.
Normally harmless substances in the environment will trigger an outbreak of
eczema in people born with this tendency.
When eczema will first be triggered and how severely substances
will affect the skin is difficult to say as everyone born with this tendency is
different and reacts differently.
This can make identifying triggers and controlling symptoms
difficult. A process of elimination is usually needed to establish individual
triggers. This can be a long and drawn out process.
Although all people react differently and different substances
will affect each individual differently there are some common substances that
are most prone to triggering an eczema flare-up:
- Dust mite
- Animal dander
- Environmental and seasonal
- Some foods (especially egg, cows
milk, shell fish, peanuts, wheat, nuts, rice, codfish, food additives and
- Alcohol and coffee.
Eczema Skin is Always Dry
Eczema is a skin condition that can affect anyone at any age
but it is most common in babies and children. Although there is no cure for
eczema most children will outgrow the condition. If not fully outgrown by the
time a child starts school the condition’s symptoms are usually significantly
reduced by this time.
Eczema is inflamed, dry, red and itchy. The eczema rash will
vary from person to person depending on age, the area affected and the skin
type of the affected child. Typical eczema skin, however, is inflamed, red, dry
and itchy. Moreover, the eczema rash on a developing baby is typically moist
and oozes. However, if a toddler when first developing eczema, the rash may
instead be dry and scaly. Regardless of the child’s age when the eczema first
appears all eczema is itchy. It is the itch that causes the most discomfort and
has the potential to do the most damage to the skin.
Eczema skin is always dry. This coupled with continuous
scratching from a persistent and difficult to control itch often causes the
skin to become broken. Once the skin is broken the skins protective barrier is
removed and there is a real risk of infection developing under the skin. It is
important to control the symptoms of eczema to reduce the risk of complications
and to enable the child to lead a comfortable, pain free life.