Diagnosing and Treating a Winter Rash

Winter Eczema Pictures: A picture is worth thousand words!

A common problem among patients with eczema is that they are not able to recognize their own skin rash. They have no idea what it looks like or how to treat it. If you think about it, if your body gets irritated by something, then you will get a red patch on your skin. You might even call them bumps because of the way they look.

When you scratch at these bumps, you may cause more irritation and the whole thing could become worse.

The same goes for other types of skin irritations such as those caused by insect bites, sunburns, etc. These kinds of problems need to be treated immediately so that they do not turn into a bigger problem later on. There are many things which can trigger a rash but most often it’s due to allergic reactions (such as dust mites) or environmental factors (like bacteria).

In fact, there are several different types of eczema. Some of them are more severe than others. Most of the time, one type will resolve itself after some time while another one persists for months or years. Sometimes it can take up to two decades before a person with eczema stops having any symptoms from it altogether.

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema and it can occur at any age although it usually starts within the first few years of a person’s life. It tends to run in families so if you have a family member who suffers from this condition then you might have it too. The problem with this condition is that about 30% of people with this condition will develop asthma too.

The symptoms of atopic dermatitis include a very dry and itchy rash that can occur almost anywhere on the body. The flare-ups will usually start at the flexures such as the inside of the elbows, behind the knees, and around the neck. In some people, the hands, feet, and face can also be affected. The skin around the genitals is also commonly involved too.

The skin will become red and you may notice small blister-like bumps. You may also get some oozing and even small cracks in the skin. The area may also thickened or even get a “stocking glove” look. If you scratch the affected area, then it’s unlikely that your skin will return to its normal color for quite some time.

The treatment of atopic dermatitis is a long-term approach and it will most likely affect your life in many different ways. For most, the itching can be unbearable and this is why a lot of people scratch until they bleed or get sores.

Antihistamines are usually very helpful in relieving the itching. In extreme cases, a prescription steroid ointment may also be used but this must only be done under the guidance of your doctor. You should also avoid any possible allergens that may be causing your condition to flare up.

Other types of eczema include:

Neurodermatitis – This type of eczema is also very itchy. It involves the development of thickened, curled skin. Sometimes, this condition can also be triggered by a bacterial infection. Atopic keratoderma – This type affects primarily the knees, elbows, palms, and soles of the feet.

The skin becomes thickened and darkened with dry skin. This is also very itchy. Nummular dermatitis – With this type, coin-like scaly patches occur on the skin. These tend to be itchy and appear mainly on the legs. In some cases, these patches may ooze fluid.

Whatever type of eczema you may have, it’s important that you take steps to prevent any possible flares up of your condition. Some tips that may help you are:

Use moisturizers

Wear loose clothing

Use topical or internal steroids (only if necessary)

Keep your fingernails trimmed and clean

Avoid scratching

Don’t hang out in stuffy, poorly ventilated places

Keep your skin hydrated and avoid harsh soaps or cosmetics

The key to treating any condition is to treat the root of the problem. If you have eczema and have it in your family, then you should avoid any possible allergens in order to prevent a flare up. Most people will find that their symptoms improve if they keep away from whatever is causing their body to react in the first place.

Of course, sometimes the condition is beyond your control and depends on heredity or an unidentified allergen in your environment. If this is the case, then you’ll just have to regularly apply a good moisturizer and take other steps to prevent an outbreak from occurring.

Eczema is a skin condition that can be very disruptive as it can make you feel very self-conscious about how your skin looks and makes you itch. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to get relief such as using lotions or essential oils. There are also several foods that might help such as oats or eggs.

If you’re still not finding relief, then you may need to see a doctor and get a prescription for stronger treatments. In addition to topical creams, there are also different types of pills and allergy shots that might help you. As with any condition, the key is finding the right balance of treatment for your needs and learning how to live comfortably with your condition.

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