What is Eczema?
- Eczema is an itchy skin rash.
- Eczema often occurs in more than one member of the family.
How to Recognize Eczema?
- Dry, red and itchy skin may appear inflamed or cracked, and in some cases the skin may weep.
- Often affected areas are found on the face and occasionally on the scalp and ears.
- Toddlers are prone to eczema on the knees, ankles and inside wrists.
- For older children and adults, eczema may appear in elbows and knees.
- Some people are affected over their entire body.
What Causes Eczema?
- The causes of eczema are still not known.
- Many people who have eczema also have an allergy.
- A person is more likely to have eczema if they have family members with eczema, asthma or hay fever.
- An outbreak of eczema can be triggered by heat, soap, detergents, medicated and perfumed products, bubble baths, fabric, allergies to food, dust mites, pollen and fur.
Prevention and Treatment for Eczema
- Keep skin well moisturized, preferably with organic skin care products to avoid unnecessary irritation.
- Avoid the main triggers, such as overheating and contact with chemical irritants.
- Reduce itching by using wet dressings or cool compresses. If scabs develop, remove by bathing in lukewarm water to soften the scabs, and then gently wiping the crusts off with a soft, wet towel.
- Babies with eczema should be kept away from people with cold sores, as they are susceptible to the cold sore virus.
- Prevention of an eczema outbreak is preferable to treating one. The key is to avoid chemical based products.
- Many eczema sufferers say that using organic skin care products in general reduces the frequency and the severity of their outbreaks.
- The complete Little Innoscents product range is formulated specifically to prevent and treat eczema. Little Innoscents Intensive Soothing Cream is a mother’s favorite product to use on eczema outbreaks.