Asthma and Eczema Patient

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Eczema

WHAT IS ECZEMA?

Eczema is a category of skin disease that is characterized by inflammation, itching, dry scaly skin, and in severe cases, small fluid filled blisters and insomnia. It is the most common skin disease in children today. Mild cases of Eczema are a little worse than a tendency toward dry, itching skin. Severe cases can effect the whole body, can be intensely itchy, uncomfortable, and even have an effect on the person in a psychological manner due to self- consciousness. Eczema sufferers have acute flare-ups or relapses of their chronic disease that can be annoying, itchy, and very uncomfortable.

HOW DO YOU GET ECZEMA?

Eczema is not a contagious skin disease, but it does effect around 1 in 10 people. Its causes aren't fully understood yet, but eczema seems to occur in people with family or personal history of allergic asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, food allergies, icthyosis vulgaris, and keratosis pilaris. Eczema has always seemed to be a genetic skin disease, but until recently the researchers have been unable to identify a specific gene involved in the passing on of eczema. Now, doctors believe they have found a gene that causes eczema, but since it is not present in all cases of eczema, they believe that there is more than one gene that can cause eczema. Also, a maternal pattern of inheritance has been discovered. Doctors and researchers believe that this maternal inheritance pattern is due to modification in the immune responses in utero, or via breast milk.

CAN ECZEMA BE CURED?

There is no way to absolutely "cure" eczema although, many treatments have been found to be effective. Now, with the wonderful discovery of one of the genes that may cause eczema, who knows what will happen. They are working on ways to permanently rid people of eczema all the time, but knowing exactly where the "instructions" on how to create the disease are located make finding a cure more likely.

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA TO FLARE UP?...
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