Symptoms of Eczema
Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition where one gets a rash on their skin and its itchy. The first symptom of eczema is intense itching, then a red rash occurs and is bumpy. The rash can also burn. If it gets scratched, it may ooze and develop a crust on the skin. In adults who suffer from eczema, chronic rubbing can cause thickened plaques of skin. The bumps on the skin can be red or clear and fluid-like. The skin can crack and it can become painful over time. The skin will erupt in flare-ups occasionally.
In adults, its usually seen on the neck, and around the joints, such as the knees and elbows. The skin can become so intensely itchy that it can disrupt sleep. Eczema does not warrant emergency medical treatment, however if its accompanied with a fever, red streaks on the body, infection symptoms AND the person has a weakened immune system from alcoholism, diabetes, AIDS, chemotherapy or are older than 70 years of age, should SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT.
A doctor can diagnose eczema and they’ll look at different factors, such as intense itching, characteristic appearance and where the rash(es) are located; and a family history of atopy (asthma, hay fever). Prescription-strength steroid cream can be prescribed and antihistimine medications (OTC) can be used for the relief of itching.
Tips on dealing with Eczema
– avoid tight fitting, rough or scratchy clothing
– wear cotton and fabrics that can breathe
– avoid scratching the rash
– apply a non-prescription steroid cream with 1% hydrocortisone – to be applied as often as possible until the rash is gone, or a prescribed steroid cream from your physician
– Benadryl can be taken for the itching (take caution when driving machinery or avoid it; can cause drowsiness)
– wash with a hypo-allergenic soap
– change your laundry detergent – it may causing your body to have an allergic reaction
– minimize stress, both physical and mental stress; take time for yourself to relax
– avoid hot baths or showers, take a warm bath – add Aveeno oatmeal bath to your bathwater to soften skin and keep it moisturized, or add a few drops of baby oil to your bath water
– moisturize your skin, use basic moisurizers and lotions, such as zinc creams, petroleum jelly, avoid perfumes and chemicals that can irritate your skin