People with eczema tend to have an over-reactive immune system. When triggered by a substance inside or outside the body, the immune system responds by producing inflammation. It is this inflammatory response that causes the itchy, painful, rash-like symptoms common to several types of eczema.
Eczema is a genetic disorder with an environmental trigger, which affects one in three people at some time in their life.
Everything from allergies to a condition like psoriasis can cause skin issues that may seem like eczema symptoms. Still, if your dry skin makes you think you might be half-alligator, you may be curious about eczema.
I’m a chronic eczema warrior, and many times, I’ve felt confused and alone. Luckily, I’ve found emotional outlets to support me through my eczema journey. Social media platforms are full of eczema groups, forums and influencers that provide support 24/7.
Eczema is not contagious. You can’t “catch it” from someone else. While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, researchers do know that people who develop eczema do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.
These two skin problems have different causes and can appear in different stages of your life.
When Sweta Doshi’s daughter was a newborn, she developed eczema and Doshi was left underwhelmed at the natural skincare options available. A few years later, she launched Bubbsi, a coconut oil product line that is naturally-derived and comes in uniquely fun packaging that doubles as toys for little ones.
It’s not completely clear what causes eczema, though genes seem to play a big role. If you struggled with eczema as a child, your kids may, too. Yet, as with allergy and asthma rates, eczema cases are increasing—at least double what they were in developed countries in the 1970s.
What is the difference between eczema and dermatitis?
None – eczema and dermatitis are two names for the same thing. Eczema comes from the Greek word “to boil”, which seems appropriate for the red, dry and itchy skin it describes.
When their son, Roman, now 6, was a baby, he suffered from eczema, and the Valles were often shocked by the recommendations dermatologists gave them. “It was all packed with so many questionable ingredients,” says Jane. They realized there was a gap in the children’s skin-care market, so they decided to create Paloroma, a product line made with natural soothers like colloidal oatmeal, Roman chamomile extract and shea butter.
Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin. While there are several different forms of eczema, all of them cause dry, flaky, scaly skin, redness, and itching.
Science hasn’t quite pinpointed what causes eczema. But microbiome research has changed the view of how skin works to protect and maintain itself. Once believed to be simply a static barrier, keeping pathogens and diseases out, the skin of healthy individuals is now known to maintain a balance of microbes. It’s when this delicate balance on the skin’s surface is disrupted that complications can occur, scientists say.
Particular strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria have been linked to skin irritation in children with eczema, suggesting that the microbes that live on our skin play a role in the disorder.
We face a very exciting and very optimistic time in the treatment of eczema, or atopic dermatitis (AD). Initially we thought eczema -- an inflammatory skin disease that affects four to seven percent of adults, and 15 to 25 percent of children worldwide (with the highest numbers in Asia) -- was caused by defects in the epidermal skin barrier, or the outer layer of the skin. Now we know that eczema is an immune-driven disease that in turn causes secondary defects in the epidermal barrier. That's a real paradigm shift.
At the end of the day, if an eczema sufferer really wants a long term solution they need to really want a long term solution and that means as M.J used to sing "If you want to make your world a better a place, take a look at yourself and make a change".
I’ve struggled with moderate to severe eczema my entire life. My flare-ups are the worst in the winter: Any eczema sufferer can tell you about the intense itchiness brought on by cold, dry weather. And in the warmer summer and early-fall months,
If you’ve got frustratingly itchy eczema, you may feel like the rest of the world is off living an irritation-free, silky-skinned life. But in reality, more than 31 million people in the United States alone have atopic dermatitis (AD) or another form of eczema, according to the National Eczema Association.
Patients with atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, suffer from dry, itchy skin and rashes, and have a higher risk of developing hay fever, asthma and food allergies. The cause of eczema is still unknown, but studies completed by my team and others continue to suggest that manipulating the skin microbiome – the community of all the bacteria and other microorganisms living on the surface of the skin – may offer therapeutic benefits to patients.
It might seem silly to miss work for a rash. But people who have eczema often have to put a lot of time and money into managing the itchy, inflamed rashes they get over and over. Lindsay Jones, who lives in Chicago, was diagnosed with eczema when she was 2 weeks old.
"I try to take proactive measures to keep my skin calm, but the flare-ups are inevitable...
Two studies done in newborns with relatives suffering from atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, showed that rubbing moisturizer into their skin daily lowered their risk of developing the itchy, dry, scaly patches on their heads, arms and legs that characterize the disease.
Back in 2006, researchers found a strong link between people lacking in a certain skin protein, and the risk of developing eczema. Last year, scientists built on those results to show exactly what goes wrong, and their results could even take us closer to an eczema cure.
Eczema, also called "atopic dermatitis," is caused by a malfunction in the body's immune system, leading to a loss of the proteins needed to form a protective skin barrier.
Atopic dermatitis can range from mild to severe with treatment options that run the gamut. Five top dermatologists weigh in on how to diagnose — and, hopefully, help heal — each one.
For twenty-eight blissful years of my life, I never thought twice about my skin. Then eczema happened.
It’s itchy, irritating and very common. But if eczema is left unchecked, it can become a big problem.
If you've ever experienced the rash, you know it can be an irritating, itchy mess. But it doesn't always have to be that way. By knowing what to avoid, you can go a long way to preventing and improving outbreaks.
Atopic dermatitis most often develops in children, but there are plenty of reasons why you may get it for the first time in adulthood. Read about causes of — and treatments for — adult eczema
Stigmatized and under-prioritized by doctors, skin conditions can really fuck with your head as well as your body.
Childhood eczema can improve with age, and adults can manage their symptoms over time, too. Dermatologists share why — and how — patients can grow out of their atopic dermatitis.
Bubbsi was born from the desire to create truly clean + efficacious skincare products that little ones can still have fun with.
Paloroma was born out of a quest to find something for our little ones that we could trust and relate to. We created it for our family and we’re excited to share it with yours.
Living with eczema and skin allergies.
Itching for relief? These derms are here to help.
ADORING is a phase 3 clinical study evaluating an investigational non-steroidal topical cream for people aged 2 years and older who suffer from moderate to severe eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis or AD).
The Dermatitis Academy™ is dedicated to providing educational resources through a free centralized information portal developed and maintained by Sharon Jacob, MD, a board certified dermatologist and contact dermatitis expert.
This blog will share our family’s stories on battling eczema, allergies and asthma using integrative methods (alternative therapies and conventional medicine). We’ll also feature related news and stories from guest bloggers.
All the writings are my own thoughts from observations I have made as I have suffered eczema for 20-30 years with it infesting 90% of my body. If you are reading my blog, you need to do detective work for yourself to identify the factors that worsen the condition. Some factors are not immediately obvious, but once you have identified them, you can then start enjoying less itchy days.
The Eczema & Sensitive-Skin Education (EASE) Program is a patient empowerment program that is intended to improve patient outcomes and the quality of life for millions of persons who suffer from eczema and severe sensitive skin conditions
Are you a stressed parent of eczema child? Then, I'm happy that you've found my blog, THE resource for parents with eczema kids! I started this blog because my baby girl Marcie has eczema from two weeks old, and I TOTALLY know how stressful it is to Google for information. Thus, EczemaBlues.com is born with the purpose of being a light-hearted and comprehensive resource for you!
Here you will find what you need to know about eczema and its management—from a wide variety of informative articles and community resources to the latest in clinical research. Staying in step with the latest thinking in eczema has never been so easy!*
We are an online shop full of lovely clothing and creams for anyone with eczema or sensitive skin.
I'm Jenny, a sufferer of eczema and other relative conditions. I aim to help raise awareness of chronic skin conditions and to hopefully help others who suffer.
The National Eczema Association improves the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support and education.
We are registered as a charity in England and Wales and in Scotland. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with eczema and their carers.
My journey with Topical Steroid Withdrawal.
Solveeczema.org is an amateur website I began years ago to help other parents solve their children’s eczema. It has been my hobby for many years, completely non-commercial, parent-to-parent.
Understanding and managing dry or itchy skin.
The The Eczema Association of Australasia’s aim is to improve the life for those involved with Eczema through community representation and education. The association aims to reach all those Australians who live with this debilitating disease everyday, as they need to know that they can get help, support, education and relief. aim is to improve the life for those involved with Eczema through community representation and education. The association aims to reach all those Australians who live with this debilitating disease everyday, as they need to know that they can get help, support, education and relief.
Set up in 2011 by the mother of a young girl with severe eczema, Eczema Outreach (Scotland) was created to improve the quality of life of people affected by eczema and specialises in supporting children with the condition and their families in Scotland.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of those suffering with eczema by providing support, education, raising awareness, and supporting ongoing research activities. As well, we have a strong commitment to the continuing support of the medical community.
A comprehensive online eczema information resource.
Dermatitis refers to a group of itchy inflammatory conditions characterised by epidermal changes. Dermatitis affects about one in every five people at some time in their lives. It results from a variety of different causes and has various patterns.
Most kids get itchy rashes at one time or another. But eczema can be a nuisance that may prompt scratching that can only make the problem worse.
Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is also called dermatitis. It is not dangerous, but most types cause red, swollen and itchy skin.
There is currently no cure for atopic eczema, but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and many cases improve over time.
However, severe eczema often has a significant impact on daily life and may be difficult to cope with physically and mentally. There is also an increased risk of skin infections.
Dermatitis is a nonspecific term that denotes an inflammatory skin rash characterized by primary changes of erythema, scaling, and exudates, as well as secondary changes of excoriation and lichenification. Various forms of dermatitis have been described, including: atopic dermatitis (AD), nummular dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis. The term eczema – derived from ancient Greek and meaning “boiling over” – is frequently used interchangeably to describe the often exudative quality of this skin disorder. However, in practical usage, many clinicians employ the term eczema to refer specifically to AD.