Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic eczema typically happens in children, but it can carry on into adulthood or appear later in life. Eczema is a chronic skin condition in which the skin is itchy, reddened, cracked and dry. About 30% of all skin-related doctor visits in result in a diagnosis of atopic eczema. This condition affects both male and females equally, as well as people from different ethnic backgrounds. In recent studies, numbers of people diagnosed with eczema are steadily rising.
Causes of Eczema
Approximately 80% of atopic eczema cases start before the age of 5, and a good amount of people develop it during their first year of life.
Researchers believe that people with eczema are born with it and that it is a genetically inherited condition. It can get worse with exposure to harmful environmental reasons such as pollen or pet fur, and internal reasons such as hormone levels and stress.
The oil-based area of skin is typically less in people with atopic eczema, compared to other people. The lipid barrier helps prevent water loss. If your barrier is reduced you will lose water faster and your skin will be drier.
Although scientists are pretty certain genetics are the primary cause, they do not yet know what the key genetic cause is. 60% of children with atopic eczema have one parent with the same condition. Research has shown that children run an 80% risk of getting eczema if both their parents have the condition.
Symptoms of Eczema
Atopic eczema is a chronic disease and symptoms are typically there all the time. A chronic disease is a long-term one and one that persists for a long time. A patient will need more extensive treatment when a “flare-up” happens causing the symptoms to get worse.
Some typical symptoms before a flare-up include:
- The skin can be broken in places.
- Some regions of the skin are cracked.
- The skin typically feels dry.
- Many areas of skin become itchy, and sometimes raw if scratched a lot.
- Itching is normally worse at night.
- Scratching may also result in areas of thickened skin.
- Some areas of skin become red and inflamed.
- Some inflamed areas develop blisters and ooze liquid
- The skin has red to brownish-gray colored patches.
- Areas of skin can have small, raised bumps.When there is a flare-up the previous symptoms are still there but more intense. Some new symptoms also appear such as:
- The skin will be extremely itchy.
- Itchiness and scratching will make the skin redder, raw and extremely sensitive.
- Many of the affected areas will feel hot.
- The skin will be very scaly and drier.
- The raised bumps will be more noticeable and can leak fluid.
- Blisters will appear.
- The affected areas can be infected with bacteria.
Flare ups can last anywhere from a day or two to several weeks.
Unfortunately, the symptoms repeat time after time. It begins with unpleasant itching, then scratching which makes the itching worse, which makes the patient scratch more. Eventually, the skin can bleed. Children who get into this cycle can suffer serious sleep disruption and may find concentrating at school hard.
The following can worsen the symptoms of atopic eczema:
- Long hot showers or baths.
- Allowing the skin to stay dry.
- Mental stress.
- Frequent changes in body temperatures.
- Dry air.
- Some fabrics for clothing, such as wool.
- Cigarette smoke.
- Some soaps, solvents, or detergents
Holistic Treatments for Eczema
At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients with eczema. We use our Class IV Laser Therapy (laser acupuncture therapy) that quickens the healing time of eczema, big or small, making you get the pain relief you’ve been searching for.
Using laser therapy has many advantages. This little beam of light helps the healing process with superficial wounds and other complications of the body such as:
- Skin diseases/Eczema
- Skin rashes/ poison ivy
- Cold sores/Canker sores
- Insect bites
- Scars/ cuts and scratches
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck/shoulder/back pain
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions on our Laser Therapy, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.