What is Excema?
Excema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a group of skin conditions which can affect all age groups. In the United States up to one fifth of all children of school age have Excema, along with about one in twelve of the adult population. The severity of the disease can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy, whilst in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. Although it can sometimes look unpleasant, Excema is not contagious. With treatment the inflammation of Excema can be reduced, though the skin will always be sensitive to flare-ups and need extra care.
Some Types of Excema and Different Names?
- Atopic Excema.
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis.
- Infantile Seborrhoeic Excema
- Adult Seborrhoeic Excema.
- Varicose Excema.
- Discoid Excema.
Read about these types of Excema here: Types of Excema
There are many different forms of Excema (also referred to as dermatitis). The skin is very dry and is caused by external or internal factors. The severity of the condition can range from a few dry, red, itchy patches to huge areas of the body which can be covered in sore, inflamed, weeping and bleeding skin which can invariably become infected.
Excema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. It is especially distressing in children, but a large proportion do grow out of it.
It is advisable to visit your GP and/or dermatologist regularly for more detailed information.