The Prevention and Treatment of Eczema

The term eczema (inflamed skin) encompasses a number of red, itchy skin conditions most frequently involving the face, neck, scalp, arms, elbows, wrists, and knees. It can also appear with weepy, oozing blisters. Eczema is divided into two main types. The first type is contact dermatitis, which occurs when an irritating substance comes into contact with the skin. The second type is Atopic eczema, usually caused by inhaled or ingested allergens, such as foods, pollen, dust, or animal dander. Some experts indicate that intestinal dysbiosis (disruption of the normal bacterial flora of the gut with a disproportionately high concentration of unfriendly bacteria) can promote atopic eczema, as supplementation with probiotics has been shown to improve this condition. Conventional allergy testing and electro dermal screening can help identify allergens and sensitivities. A major part of the management of eczema is too avoid or minimize exposure to chemicals, fabrics and foods to which you are allergic or demonstrate sensitivity. Some topical steroid creams can help to clear up eczema, but they are usually not curative.

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