Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes. This is due to a hypersensitivity reaction in the skin, which leads to long-term inflammation. The inflammation causes the skin to become itchy and scaly. Long-term irritation and scratching can cause the skin to thicken and an have a leather-like texture.

Eczema is most common in infants, and at least half of those cases clear by age 3. In adults, it is generally a long-term or recurring condition. Eczema tends to run in families

How can eczema be prevented?

Eczema outbreaks can usually be avoided with some simple precautions. The following suggestions may help to reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups:

*Moisturize frequently
*Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
*Avoid sweating or overheating
*Avoid scratchy materials (e.g., wool or other irritants)
*Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents
*Avoid environmental factors that trigger allergies (e.g., pollens, molds, mites, and animal dander)

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