What is Eczema?

In some languages, dermatitis refers to an acute condition (short term) while eczema refers to a chronic (long term or ongoing) condition. The term eczema, however, is often broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. It is most often associated with atopic dermatitis, in which the skin barrier function is impaired, leading to redness, dryness and increased susceptibility to infection.

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Itching
  • Redness of skin
  • Dry, scaly or crusted skin that may become thick and leathery as a result of persistent, often unconscious scratching
  • Small, often fluid filled bumps or blisters that could issue discharge when scratched or agitated.

Atopic Dermatitis

In infants, atopic dermatitis often appears as an itchy rash called pruritus that starts as small white pimples with red centers on the cheeks, neck and scalp. As the infant scratches the area, it may become infected, issuing discharge and affecting a wider area, often the outside of the arms and legs.

In older children AD often appears on the inner forearm, behind the knees and on the elbows and can spread to the rest of the body. Skin that is chronically affected will often become dry, thickened and brown in color.

Atopic Dermatitis is the most severe and potentially debilitating form of eczema, AD is characterized by its severity and intolerable sensation of itching and irritation. Severity varies from person to person and flare-ups and triggers dependent on individual. AD is an allergenic disease and research indicates genetics play a role. AD is present worldwide and there is no known cure, although promising trials are being undertaken for clinical treatments.

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AD can be triggered by a number of factors and everyone responds differently. Some triggers that can worsen the conditions include: dry skin, irritants, allergens, emotional stress, heat and sweating, and infections.

 

Contact Dermatitis

Allergic Dermatitis results from a delayed reaction to an allergen such as poison ivy, pollen, nickel or any other allergen. Irritant Dermatitis is a result of the direct interaction with a detergent such as found in cleaning solutions and some skin care and topical products. About three quarter of the cases of contact eczema are of the irritant variety, which can be addressed by removing exposure to the offending irritant and maintaining caution to avoid it.

Xerotic Eczema

Dry skin that becomes so bad that it turns into eczema. Symptoms are usually exacerbated by dry, winter weather but can be present at any time of year depending on the individual. Limbs and trunks are usually worst affected, and is most often more prevalent in older populations.

Seborrheic dermatitis (called “Cradle cap” in infants)

A condition that is sometimes classified as eczema and resembles dandruff. SD is not eczema and can be cured. Talk to your dermatologist.

Causes

The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is assumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

How to Care for Skin with Eczema

Daily use of moisturizers is important for everyone, and even moreso for those who suffer from eczema. There is no cure for eczema, but the symptoms can be alleviated to some degree for some people. Everyone is different and responds to products differently, but some individuals have had great success in using Fulom to help with their flare-ups. Fulvic Acid is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, providing excellent defense against nasty flare-ups.

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Fulom is not intended to treat or cure eczema, but if you head over to our testimonials page you can see for yourself how some people respond with Fulom.

If you or anyone you know has skin issues and would like to try Fulom, Contact Us!

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