Skin eczema

Skin eczema is the skin's way of telling you there's a problem. Those red, itchy patches announce to the world that you have dry skin caused by an allergy or local irritation. When you scratch the area, the skin gets thick, scaly, and rough; sometimes the skin oozes and becomes crusty. Skin eczema is unpredictable and can strike any part of the body, but most outbreaks occur on the creases of the elbows and knees, behind the ears, and on the face and wrists.

Skin eczema (atopic or contact dermatitis) can appear at any age; it affects approximately 2 to 7 percent of Americans. Eczema is at least partially caused by allergies, proven by the fact that all people with eczema test positive on allergy tests and most improve when they consume a diet that eliminates common food allergens such as eggs, wheat, milk, and peanuts. It tends to be triggered by common allergies, such as hay fever, asthma, sensitivity to perfumes, chemical reactions, and food allergies.

Skin eczemaOther characteristics shared by most people with eczema are dry, thickened skin that has very limited capacity to hold water; an overgrowth of bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus, which is found in 90 percent of patients; and a tendency for the skin to thicken when rubbed or scratched.

Nutritional and supplemental treatment of Skin eczema focuses on preventing the release of excess histamine that is associated with allergic reactions and providing nutrients that offer antiinflammatory and antiallergenic benefits. Deficiencies often seen in people with eczema include zinc and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid. People with eczema do not have the ability to properly process fatty acids.

 
 
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