Atopic eczema is a disease distinguished by chronic inflammation of the skin. This is also called atopic dermatitis and can be hereditary. This is actually the most common form of eczema. Babies, children and adults are prone to this disease. But deviating from other people’s belief, it is non-contagious.
Those who suffer from this disease normally experience red, flaky, irritated and itchy skin. Babies have rashes in the face, elbows and knees. Children and young adults usually have the symptoms inside the elbows, behind the knees, on the wrist and on the side of the neck and hands. But of course, symptoms vary from one person to another. These are caused by the skin’s abnormal reaction to irritants and allergens scattered in the environment.
Aside from allergens, the disease may come about through other factors such as stress or fatigue. But typically, it attacks with other atopic diseases such as hay fever and asthma. So those people with history of these allergy problems have the biggest probability of undergoing the chronic inflammation of the skin and can be aggravated through the irritants and allergens.
To prevent atopic eczema, one has to know first what triggers the allergic reaction. Here are some common triggers among eczema sufferers:
- Changes in temperature
- Foods like peanuts, soy sauce, and etc.
- Clothes made from wool and other abrasive fabrics
- Allergens like dust, animal dander, mold, pollen and etc.
- Chemical irritants like astringents, perfume, detergents, alcohol, paint, pesticides and harsh soaps.
- Extreme fatigue and stress
- Other skin infections
Basically, the prevention is obvious. One has to avoid these triggering factors to avoid eczema even for a short time only.
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