If you have eczema, you probably don’t think of it as useful or positive. But recent research may give you a reason to be thankful for eczema.
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes red, swollen and itchy patches on your skin. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It can be triggered by allergens,such as household dust mites. It is most common in babies and young children and can disappear or lessen in severity as children mature into adults. It normally appears on the neck, wrists, ankles and other areas of the body that bend. According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million people in the United States have some form of eczema. Although there is no cure for eczema, with treatment it is manageable.
A study completed at the King’s College in London found that having eczema triggers an immune reaction that rids the body of potentially cancerous cells from the skin. It might, therefore, reduce the risk of skin cancer....
Eczema - nummular; Nummular dermatitis
There is no known way to prevent the disorder. Avoid any triggers that make your symptoms worse.
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Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes. Atopic eczema is the most common type.
Infantile eczema; Atopic dermatitis; Dermatitis - atopic; Eczema - atopic
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Atopic eczema is due to a hypersensitivity reaction (similar to an allergy ) in the skin, which leads to long-term inflammation of the skin.
Eczema is most common in infants. Many people outgrow it by early adulthood. The condition tends to run in families.
People with eczema often have asthma or hay fever , too. There is often a family history of allergic conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or eczema.
The following can make eczema symptoms worse:
Allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites, or animals
Colds or the flu
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