Eczema: What It Is And How You May Help
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Eczema is a common skin condition and usually begins before a child reaches their first birthday (1). Characterised by a dry, red and itchy rash, this can be an understandably uncomfortable experience for your child.
Here are some tips to help you identify it and relieve the symptoms:
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a recurring inflammatory skin condition that may become irritated, red, dry, itchy and scaly (2).
It’s a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition which varies in severity. Its symptoms can flare up and subside on a daily basis (2).
It is inherited, which means it is passed down to a child from their parents. And, it’s caused by a gene mutation that’s involved in the formation of the skin barrier.
Some people may find that their ability to repair the skin barrier is limited, which cause moisture to leave the skin and the skin to become dry or scaly (2). When the skin barrier is disrupted, irritants may also enter the skin, which may cause inflammation and a red, itchy rash (2).
Although there isn’t a confirmed ‘cure’, there are some things you may do to manage your little one’s symptoms.
In some cases, where it’s a reaction to environmental triggers, it may be useful to visit your medical practitioner for allergy testing (2).
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