The culprit stays there for a while. It suddenly moves into different places, wondering where it will be next. How can we know what the enemy does if we do not know the enemy? The key to knowing whatever movement the enemy does is to know all about it, to know its background, to know its location, and to know its limitations. Our culprit is eczema, a dermatological disorder that destroys the beauty of our skin. Getting to know Eczema can help us in curing it. Each disease or disorder basically presents a history, a pathophysiology and a treatment. Lets go on an intellectual road trip!
Harrisons Manual of Medicine 16th Edition states that eczema, or dermatitis, is a reaction pattern that presents with variable clinical and histological findings; it is the final common expression for a number of disorders. It study estimated that in England, there are already 5,773,700 people who have been diagnosed with this dermatological disorder. Eczema is a general term, commonly known as dermatitis.
Its more common kind is Atopic Dermatitis. In getting to know eczema, we should know its cause. It usually causes a tear or breakage of the skins barrier. Many have realized that it may be an immunological disorder or an allergic reaction. Eczema is not contagious but many believe that it is inherited, so some family members can have eczema all at the same time. Eczema causes dry itchy skin; its appearance differs from one person to the other. Intense itching is the general symptom of eczema at the start of its appearance.
It may lead to blisters or scaly skin, but due to intense itchiness eczema can eventually cause flaky, dry skin. It is typically found on the face, neck, back of elbows, knees, and ankles. In infants, it can be found on the cheeks, forehead, legs, scalp and neck.
It can last for hours to days. When eczema stays on the skin for months or recurs frequently, it can now be referred to as chronic dermatitis. It can be diagnosed through physical examination and diagnostic tests such as biopsy of the skin. It has different appearances. Because of this, kinds of eczema were detected and they are the following: Atopic Dermatitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Irritant Contact Dermatitis and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
In getting to know eczema, we can now formulate what to do with it. Basically, it is being treated based on its type, but the general treatments goal is to eradicate the dry, scaly or burning appearance and to eliminate itching. Topical medications can be given but there are also preventive measures and natural cures for eczema such as avoiding too much exposure to water on the affected part; and avoidance of the allergens causing it, for Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
Medications for itching includes giving of anti-histamines may it be oral or topical. Use corticosteroid creams to decrease the inflammatory reaction, along with a moisturizer to make the skin smooth. Dermatologists can give a wide array of medications for our culprit to go away. Once we get to know eczema, we can fight eczema!
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