Eczema is a skin condition that is often confused with psoriasis. The symptoms of eczema include: itching, cracking, stinging, burning, or bleeding. In the early stages of eczema, the skin may turn red, blister, and ooze. Later stages of eczema can cause the skin to turn a brownish color and be scaly. In almost every case, eczema itches.
Causes of Eczema
A variety of things can contribute to cause eczema. The predominant cause of eczema is a sensitivity reaction of the skin resulting from contact with an allergen. This results in atopic eczema and is associated with asthma and hay fever. Eczema can also result from skin contact with a substance that irritates the skin. Substances such as laundry detergents, soaps, diesel or engine oils, strong chemicals, cleaners, etc. commonly cause skin inflammation for individuals with eczema. Upon contact, the immune system over reacts and will cause the skin to become inflamed, irritated, and itchy.
Varicose veins can also cause eczema. This form of eczema affects the lower legs of individuals with poor circulation.
Some foods have also been known to cause eczema. This varies from person to person. However, if the individual has an idea what the problem food may be, doctors advise them to remove the food from their diet and watch for any improvement.
Emotional factors and stress levels also play a role in eczema. If an individual is upset, the body and face often become red, itchy, and hot. A high stress level can also cause an existing eczema condition to flare up. Eczema follows a course with many ups and downs, particularly associated with seasons and stress.
It can be possible to control or minimize your eczema by identifying and isolating those triggers that are the cause of your eczema or cause your eczema to worsen during an outbreak.