Many people suffer with eczema. In fact, eczema affects up to 30% of the Australian population at some time during their life. The most common age for babies to develop eczema is between two and six months of age.
What is eczema?
Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a disorder which results in dry, inflamed and sometimes weeping or infected skin. It can cause redness and intense itching. The most common form is Atopic. Although it can look unpleasant, eczema is not contagious. With treatment, the inflammation of eczema can be reduced.
The causes of eczema are many and varied and depend on the particular type of eczema that a person has. Generally, both genetic and environmental factors can be attributed to eczema. Atopic eczema is thought to be a hereditary condition, being genetically linked. Some people with atopic eczema are more sensitive to allergens in the environment. There is an excessive reaction by the immune system which produces inflamed, itchy, irritated and sore skin. Sufferers of eczema may also suffer with other atopic conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
The Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is an independent Australasian wide organisation founded in January 1994 as a non-profit registered charity and relies on memberships and donations along with corporate sponsorship to achieve its purpose:
To support and educate Eczema sufferers and their carers;
To improve & broaden the availability of medical treatment & supplies for eczema sufferers;
To greatly increase public awareness on all aspects of Eczema and its impact.
The EAA offers its members a comprehensive range of services including FREE product samples, information sheets on a wide range of eczema topics and a quarterly newsletter, A-Topic News.
The common symptoms of eczema include:
Dry skin which may also be scaly and flaky
Inflammation – redness and swelling of the skin
Intense itching (pruritus)
Thick dry leathery skin
Small raised blister-like bumps that may open when scratched, becoming infected, weep and crust
Although there is no cure for eczema, excellent results can be achieved by the use of suitable treatments such as:
Soap-free wash/bath oils
Topical steroid creams
Wearing loose cotton clothing
For further information visit http://www.eczema.org.au or call 1300 300 182