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....
I have bumps all over
my arms. Is this acne? How can I get rid of them?
If these bumps are small and rough and mostly occur on your
upper arms and thighs, it's more likely that you have an eczema-related
condition known as keratosis pilaris. It's a very common hereditary condition
(more than 50% of people have it) that creates raised bumps on the skin. It's
more common in women and tends to improve with age.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when skin cells build up in the
hair follicle, preventing the hair shaft from reaching the surface of the skin.
Often, this results in minor inflammation, causing the appearance of red or
brown spots beneath each raised bump. Since this affects the pores, keratosis
pilaris can cause or exacerbate blemishes, especially in adolescence. In fact,
up to 80% of adolescents experience keratosis pilaris.
Usually, keratosis pilaris is viewed as physically
unsightly, but not medically harmful. There is no "cure" for the condition, but
I've had this picture in my head for many years now that there might be a link between asthma and eczema, and more recently, that eczema might actually cause asthma. So I set off on a quest to determine if this "theory" holds any merit. I first became familiar with the asthma-eczema link back in 1985 when I was admitted to National Jewish Health for six months for my asthma. While there, I became friends with a few asthmatics who also had eczema. One kid had to sit in a bathtub every morning for special treatment by one of the nurses or counselors, and he had to have his hands wrapped. After meeting him and listening to his stories, I felt fortunate to simply have asthma. Recently I had a boy born with eczema, and considering I have a history of asthma I wanted to see what the odds were of him also developing asthma. So, first we need some basic information about these diseases: Eczema : "An allergic condition that targets your skin," According to Asthma for Dummies
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