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Eczema can be really tough to deal with this time of the year.  Is it itching out of control?  It can be really tough for kids to deal with, the condition worsens during this time of the year and if not treated properly, it will continue to get worse.

Also known as “eczema,” atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin condition. It causes dry, itchy, irritated skin that can require daily care. Most people (90%) develop atopic dermatitis before age 5.

Atopic dermatitis is not contagious, so there is no need to worry about catching it or giving it to someone. This skin condition tends to run in families. People who get atopic dermatitis usually have family members who have eczema, asthma, or hay fever.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Extremely itchy patches of skin. The skin may not always itch. The itch can come and go.

In infants, these patches tend to develop on the scalp and face, especially on the cheeks. Teens and young adults are more likely to see patches on their hands and feet. Other common sites for these patches are the bends of the elbows, backs of knees, ankles, wrists, face, neck, and upper chest. The patches may not always appear in these areas; they can occur anywhere on the skin, including around the eyes and on the eyelids.

  • Rash. This often appears after the itchy skin is scratched or rubbed, but not always. A rash can occur even when the skin is not scratched.
  • Skin can swell, crack, “weep” clear fluid, crust, and scale.
  • Patches may bubble up and ooze or be scaly, dry, and red.
  • Without proper treatment, the skin thickens to protect itself from further damage caused byscratching.

Causes

While the cause of atopic dermatitis is not fully understood, researchers believe a complex interaction of several factors — the genes we inherit, where we live, a breakdown of the outermost layer of skin, and a malfunctioning immune system — leads to atopic dermatitis.

Steroid creams like elidel can be very dangerous to apply to the skin and can cause cancer.  Try natural remedies before taking medications, eczema can be treated safely.  My son is now 6 and is eczema free.

For information on how to safely treat eczema, click here

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