When I come down with something I’m a huge fan of getting all the information I can, so I recently gathered as many facts about eczema as I could. I developed the condition as an adult (yay, right?) and it is less than fun most of the time. If you’re in the same boat, you might not realize that the condition varies a bit and that treatment options that you might not know about are everywhere. So, I’ve done you the favor of collecting some of the most important facts about eczema so that you can get control of your condition. Please feel free to clue me in to any that I missed.
1. There Are Several Types
According to the National Eczema Society, there are many types of eczema. When your doctor diagnoses your condition, it’s a good idea to ask what kind you suffer from so that you can develop a treatment plan that fits your specific needs. Atopic, contact, seborrheic, discord and gravitational are several of the more common types and your dermatologist should be able to provide you with information about each.That's one of the most important facts about eczema to be aware of.
2. It Can Become Infected
As if eczema on its own isn’t yucky and uncomfortable enough, it can become infected. That’s because it often causes your skin to crack, which gives bacteria and germs the perfect entrance into your body. If your eczema gets like that, which is likely does from time to time, keep it covered until it heals so that you can protect yourself from something even worse.
3. There is No Cure
Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema. The good news is that you can manage it so it doesn’t take over your life. The trick is to follow your dermatologist’s advice closely. Be sure you’re using any treatments prescribed so that you can keep your symptoms under control. There’s no guarantee that your condition won’t flare from time to time, but keeping it bay will make your life so much easier.
4. It’s Hereditary
There is some evidence that eczema is genetic, which means if you have it, your child might also wind up with it. Eczema is also connected to hay fever and other atopic skin conditions, reports the Irish Skin Foundation. It’s not life changing to have eczema, but it’s something to consider if you want to have kids someday. That way your future baby’s pediatrician can help you keep an eye out for it.
5. Stress Can Make It Worse
At one time, doctors thought that stress caused eczema. While the Eczema Awareness Support and Education says that’s not the case, stress can definitely make it worse. If you’re undergoing a stressful life event, you might notice your symptoms flaring from time to time.
6. Treatments Are Topical
Most of the treatments for eczema are topical and are generally the most effective options. There are several over the counter medications that work well for milder symptoms. If you’re having severe symptoms or your condition flares dramatically, you might need prescription medications that are stronger and work faster.
7. There Are Other Treatment Options
Topical treatments aren’t your only treatment options. You can also use antihistamines or antibiotics if you have a tough case of eczema. For some people, light therapy provides much needed relief. Talk to your dermatologist about the right choice for you and your symptoms.
Do you suffer from eczema? It’s never fun to deal with, but luckily a better understanding of the condition makes it simpler to manage. Do you have any other effective treatments?