What is eczema?
Eczema is a type of dermatitis called "Atopic dermatitis." The most common symptom is red and itchy skin. Although common in children, it can occur at any age. Eczema is a long-lasting (chronic) condition which tends to flare periodically and then subside. Eczema may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. If this is the case for you, you may also find our pages on essential oils for asthma and essential oils for allergies and hay fever useful.
Eczema can be confused with other skin conditions that have similar symptoms. Your doctor may need to do some tests to rule out other skin conditions.
What causes eczema?
The exact cause is unknown. Research seems to indicate that it may be that when the skin is dry, its ability to be an effective barrier is reduced. People with eczema may have a genetic variation that affects the skin's ability to act as a barrier. Or, it may be related to an immune system dysfunction. Or, it could be partially due to a bacterium, such as Staphylococcus aureus, creating a film that blocks the skin's sweat glands. And it could also be affected by environmental conditions.
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