Eczema may seem such a foreign sounding word but it is actually characterized by one simple thing: dryness. Eczema is a common skin problem characterized by the formation of scaling on the skin, dryness, rashes and blistering. People who had it really bad can even experience extreme redness and swelling on the areas affected.
Although some forms of eczema require medication: corticosteroids to be exact, some forms are harmless and do not really need medications. An example of this is what we usually call the Seborrhoeic dermatitis. Ordinarily, this form of eczema features dryness of the scalp, the eyebrow area and even the face itself. It all depends on the extent of the problem.
Remember that eczema can be exacerbated and infected and that one case can easily infect another person. Thus, even if it is not being prescribed by the doctor, the meds are taken by people so as to cure the problem and not spread the infection.
But this is easier said than done. In reality, one cannot drink any medicine without the prescription from the doctor. You won’t even be able to buy the medicine if you do not have the prescription. This is especially true with certain types of eczema, which are being treated by corticosteroids. These medicines can have serious side effects, one of which is the thinning of the skin. And the drug would not even cure the skin problem, just help control it and at the very least manage the outward effects.
Thus, most health experts believe that when it comes to this kind of problems, prevention is still the best course of action. Some also turn to the natural way of controlling this problem without resorting to taking medicines. Because eczema is usually caused by either an allergic reaction or a irritant, avoiding having the problem in the first place is pretty easy. For one, just knowing what you are allergic on can already be a start in preventing this problem from taking root.
Irritants are however harder to control because these can be anything you encounter in your daily life. Usually, irritants are chemicals that your skin reacts to like strong soaps and detergents, paints, shampoo. If you notice that your skin gets rashes when you use a particular item, refrain from using that immediately. Don’t let your irritation to become eczema.
Another technique to combating eczema is the use of moisturizer. Eczema involves dry skin and one way to prevent the dryness of the skin is to use moisturizer. But be careful on this score because just because moisturizer lessens dryness, it does not mean that it can stop eczema from happening. Remember that moisturizers are also chemicals that you put on your skin. If these chemicals are too harsh on your skin, chances are you will develop rashes.
Actually, until now, there is no standard skin product for people with eczema. These people are ultra sensitive that some products, even if it is hypoallergenic, still can’t be used by people with eczema problems.