Eczema is a common skin problem that affects kids, teens, and adults. But what exactly causes eczema and how do you treat it?
What is eczema?
Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis (AD), is a skin condition that causes itchy and inflamed skin. Usually, it affects the face, the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, and in some cases, most of the body.
Usually, eczema starts early. A child may be 2-3 months old when they start showing symptoms like itchy, scaly skin; rashes on the cheeks, arms, and legs; and cracks behind the ears. With age, eczema has these signs and symptoms: a rash that begins behind the elbows or knees; or the wrists, neck, or ankles.
While eczema is not contagious, it is definitely uncomfortable for those who have it. Their skin is extremely dry and easily irritated, not to mention itchy most of the time. The appearance of scaly or thicker, leathery skin can also impact your confidence to a degree.
What causes eczema?
Researchers believe that eczema is hereditary, meaning those with eczema likely have family members with the same skin condition. Some individuals with eczema may have certain triggers, like food allergies, dust mites, harsh chemicals, and even emotional stress.
How to treat and manage eczema
With good skin care and a healthy lifestyle, most eczema will improve. Try these tips to reduce the severity of eczema:
1. Change your bathing habits.
For both children and adults, opt for warm water when bathing instead of hot water. Use a mild cleanser such as Moringa-O² Malunggay Herbal Soap helps gently cleanses and helps relieve itching. After bathing, gently pat skin with towel.
2. Choose a thick, moisturizing lotion.
Thick lotions are better for addressing skin dryness. Apply Moringa-O² Herbal Moisturizing Lotion while skin is still slightly damp from your bath. Applying this herbal lotion a least twice a day also helps prevent dryness end cracking, and may lessen the need for eczema medication.
3. Trim your fingernails.
This is especially true for kids because they’re likely to puncture skin from scratching. For babies, putting on cotton gloves at night may keep them from scratching while they’re asleep.
4. Wash clothes carefully.
Use a laundry detergent that’s formulated for sensitive skin and avoid scented fabric softeners. Also, for new clothes for babies and smaller children, be sure to remove the clothing tags and wash them after purchasing.