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Eczema


Eczema:  Eczema is a term for different types of skin inflammation (dermatitis). The symptoms of eczema include itchy and red dry skin. Many things can cause this type of skin irritation such as dryness, soaps and detergents, cleaning products, rubber gloves and even cosmetic lotions and creams.

Since the skin is itchy, prolonged scratching often occurs which in turn leads to reddened, irritated, scaling skin or to a leathery thickening of the skin. Cracking and weeping of the skin may also occur and open sores may become infected.

The causes of eczema have not been fully determined. Allergies, stress, irritants and genetic factors are all believed to be related to the development of this condition. The tendency to have skin reactions like this often runs in families. People with eczema involving their hands may also have symptoms of asthma, food allergies or hay fever.

Severe eczema often has a significant impact on daily life and may be difficult to cope with physically and mentally. There is also an increased risk of infections. 

Many different types of treatment can be used to control symptoms and manage eczema, including medication and self-help techniques. However, if your are worried and concerned about your eczema arrange to see your doctor.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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