Eczema: Myth or Fact?
With technology providing countless sources of information, determining fact from fiction can sometimes be a challenge. We see a lot of misinformation, anecdotal remedies and unscientific facts about potential skin treatments being discussed. This misinformation is often exchanged among friends and family members and also shared via the internet and social media. To help sift through the confusion, we provide the facts below to help dispel some of the common misconceptions about eczema.
Myth: Eczema breakouts only occur in the winter
Fact: Eczema breakouts can occur under a variety of conditions. Though the dry winter months can trigger a flare-up, for some people stress, dry skin, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, and rapid changes in temperature can also cause breakouts. During any seasonal change where temperatures get increasingly warmer or colder, eczema breakouts can occur more frequently.
Myth: Eczema is nearly impossible to monitor
Fact: Recently released online and interactive resources can help track and monitor your eczema. By keeping track of your flare-ups, you can share your notes with your doctor to initiate discussions and aid treatment decisions. Recent user-friendly technology, such as The Eczema App, can help patients and parents keep track of their own or their child’s flare-ups, take photos of affected areas and learn more about eczema.
Myth: Eczema is most common in elderly adults
Fact: Eczema is actually most common in infants. Eczema affects between 10 to 20 percent of infants and children. For these infants, symptoms can often begin in the first six months of life. Although people often first develop eczema as a child, many often outgrow the condition by adulthood.
Myth: You can easily see all the symptoms of eczema
Fact: Some of the most recognizable symptoms are visual. However, itching, which may be severe (especially at night), is a common symptom of eczema. Some of the other most recognizable symptoms include red to brownish-grey colored patches, small raised bumps that may leak fluid and crust over if scratched, thickened, cracked or scaly skin, and raw, sensitive skin from scratching. For symptoms such as these, consult your doctor or HCP to find out the best treatment option for you or your child.
Moms and patients can learn more about eczema and gain access to support groups by visiting the National Eczema Association: www.nationaleczema.org
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