October is Eczema Awareness Month

Did you know that an estimated 10% of the general world population is affected by eczema (also known as Atopic Dermatitis or AD)? Eczema appears to be on the rise globally, which means that it's important to learn about this skin condition.

Eczema refers to several different conditions where the skin is red, irritated and can sometimes cause small bumps or blisters to form. Eczema is a chronic, intensely itchy inflammation of the skin. The most common type of eczema, known as atopic dermatitis, often appears first in early childhood. This type of eczema is known as atopic eczema as well as atopic dermatitis.

The causes of eczema are unknown, but a genetic link to the disease has been established. There are also a variety of triggers and versions of Eczema--sometimes symptoms seem to be caused by allergic reaction, other cases can be triggered by exposure to an irritant, like chafing, cold, wind, excessive dryness, etc.

There is no known cure for eczema, but there are a variety of treatment options available to help alleviate the symptoms of eczema and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Treatment options include topical coricosteroids, oral medications like antibiotics and antihistamines, specially-formulated eczema cleansers, and the non-steriod cream Elidel.

Talk to your skin care provider to learn more about eczema, and help raise awareness about this common, yet treatable, skin condition.

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