Eczema, or dermatitis, is a skin change condition that occurs in 80 percent of infancy due to different reasons.
Atopic dermatitis in childhood is mostly due to an allergic reaction. The picture seen in these ages is mostly temporary.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin disease that defines an allergic picture. The existence of two causes is necessary for the emergence of an allergic situation. The first is an allergy-prone body, the second is the issue that causes allergies. Allergy-causing stimuli can come from outside the body, as well as from the body’s own system.
Atopic dermatitis in childhood is mostly due to an allergic reaction. The picture seen in these ages is mostly temporary. Adult dermatitis does not naturally heal. Professional help should be sought at this stage.
Some types of contact eczema respond quickly (irritant contact dermatitis)
In some cases, the allergic response may not appear quickly. (allergic contact dermatitis)
The most common type of eczema is eczema, which is called irritant contact dermatitis and develops quickly after contact.
In the acute period, eczema may be inflamed, itchy and inflamed.
What causes eczema?
As we mentioned, eczema may be a reaction caused by external stimuli and caused by contact, although its source is not known exactly. However, it may develop as a result of a reaction of the digestive or respiratory system.
Source of dermatitis (contact dermatitis-contact dermatitis) caused by external stimuli:
Cleaning works etc. There may be stimuli.
Contact dermatitis may develop in any body that comes into contact with these stimulating factors. Those who are prone to allergies should protect themselves at this stage and struggle with eczema.
In women, eczema conditions that can develop due to many reasons;
During pregnancy, when hormonal changes are at their peak
It is observed that there is an increase in menstrual cycles.
However, eczema can be seen due to different allergic responses in different geographical regions and climates.
Some fruit varieties and flowers that come into contact with the skin can also cause eczema in some organisms.
Frequent contact with chemical elements, in particular, plays an accelerating role in the development of contact dermatitis.
Does frequent hand washing cause eczema?
The fact that frequent hand washing alone causes an allergic reaction depends on whether the person has an allergic body or not. However, it should not be overlooked that frequent hand washing has a facilitating effect on the emergence of allergic conditions by causing weakening of the protective function, which is one of the functions of the skin. Although it is exceptional, it can be said that this situation may cause eczema in terms of preparing the basis for the formation of eczema.
In summary, as we said at the beginning, two conditions that affect the formation of eczema:
an allergic organism
Cause of allergy
are internal factors
Atopic eczema, which is mostly seen from infancy to adolescence, has a discontinuous picture. It does not continue into adulthood.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Itching, redness, edema, blisters and flaking stages during the smoothing period are the symptoms of eczema. In particular, itching causes eczema to spread throughout the body. The bursting of the blisters formed by itching reveals the inflammatory condition. Infected skin causes a painful and inflamed eczema process. It should not be itchy as much as possible.
It is known that eczema that occurs on the scalp (the most common type is seborrheic eczema, it can be seen on the scalp, neck area, around the nose, on the nape) is associated with a fungus (pityrosporum).
Eczema takes different names for different body parts.
Is eczema a chronic condition?
Eczema is a disease condition that naturally adapts and does not recur when it is seen in children from 1-2 months of age until puberty (adolescence). Eczema (the most common type of atopic dermatitis) seen in childhood persists less in adulthood.
However, eczema seen in adulthood may improve compared to the body’s immune system response and may not appear again. When the symptoms are encountered again, that is, if the eczema recurs, it can be mentioned that the disease becomes chronic. It should be known by our patients that in case of recurrence of eczema, the condition that has become chronic will reappear in reasonable periods and will be seen again in time.
Eczema is not a contagious disease. However, the diagnosis of the disease must be made correctly and must be separated from another fungal disease and other skin diseases.
Is eczema contagious?
Eczema is not a contagious disease. However, we would like it to be clearly understood that we are talking about a diagnosed type of eczema.
“It should be avoided to diagnose itchy rashes on the body as ‘eczema’ without being diagnosed by a dermatologist and say that it is not contagious.”
Seborrheic eczema is a table that covers the scalp, neck area, forehead and nape line.
Does eczema increase in winter?
It would not be wrong to say that eczema multiplies in the winter months due to the dryness of the skin. Eczema table may increase in winter.
Are sea and sun good for eczema?
It has been observed that the sun and salt water have a positive effect on many types of eczema in the summer months. However, sunscreens to be applied to the body may need to be chosen very properly. Real sunbathing is extremely valuable, as exposure to too much sunlight at the same time will increase the negative response of the skin. It is not recommended to sunbathe except for the advice of your specialist doctor. It is valuable that the type of eczema has been determined and the diagnosis has been made.
Sun and sea may not be suitable for all types of eczema. Follow your doctor’s advice.
What kind of diet should be done in eczema? What foods cause eczema?
Once on a diet, eczema must be definitively diagnosed and the diet must be arranged by a doctor. If it is a contact dermatitis, is it an eczema that develops due to an external stimulus? Does it originate from the respiratory tract or the digestive system? Etc. A diet cannot be arranged without having information.
In this case, the classification of foods that cause eczema is not true. Also, as we said in all other diseases: There is no general eczema. There is a patient with eczema.
Seborrheic eczema type can affect the nose area.
How is eczema treated?
As we have stated in each of our articles, we would like to repeat here, do not try to be treated with the information you read on the internet. Eczema, like all other diseases, can be progressive.
Do not diet without the advice of a doctor, neither you nor your child.
Eczema is detected by allergy tests and it is determined what you are allergic to.
Each eczema response is based on one or many different factors.
Do not give the treatment diet your doctor gave you to another eczema patient because he looks like you.
No matter if it is well-intentioned or malicious, do not take the treatment approach of anyone who is not an expert warmly.
Do not scratch the eczema area
Make sure that the part of your underwear that touches your skin is made of cotton, non-squeezing.
If the seams cause irritation when touching your skin, wear the opposite. You will also prevent the labels from touching your body.
Do not wash your underwear with perfumed fabric softeners. The chemicals it contains may contain molecules that can cause irritation on your skin.
Rinse and dry your clothes that touch your skin very properly. Iron them all if possible.
Fabric, etc., which previously caused an allergic reaction. Avoid all kinds of clothing.
Food, medicine, etc. that you think is causing an allergic reaction. Share the elements with your physician.
Phytophotocontact dermatitis is an eczema derivative that occurs when the skin comes into contact with the sun after contact with some plants. (like figs)
Is herbal treatment suitable for eczema?
For once, we need to get away from this intention with certainty. “Herbal treatment is harmless”. This idea is a very dangerous phrase that states that every plant or plant extract can be applied to the body and will not cause harm. However, an allergic reaction can develop against many plants and the human body can react dangerously. Eczema symptoms can be seen when some plants come into contact with the skin and are exposed to the sun. (Phytophotocontact dermatitis due to phototoxicity)
In planning the treatment, the physician may prefer some herbal applications and preparations. However, this does not mean that every plant or herbal product is safe.
Again and again, we say emphatically that you should not try to be treated with the information you get from the internet.
Do not advise anyone.
Any pomade, cream or medicine that suits you may increase eczema in another patient, or even carry the allergic response to a different dimension and cause the death of the patient.
Do not scratch the eczema area.
Try not to keep it moist.
Use your medicines regularly and go to your doctor for inspection after you have finished using your medicine.