Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy

rashes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the condition and ways you can avoid it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Eczema is a general term for rash-like skin conditions. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction.

Eczema is often very itchy and when you scratch it, the skin becomes red and inflamed. Eczema affects adults and children, but it is most common in babies.

Although the exact cause is unknown, eczema is not contagious. You are more likely to have eczema if you have a family history of the condition.

Eczema cant be cured, but it can be managed, and you can learn to avoid the things that trigger it.

h Limit your contact with things that can irritate your skin.

h Wear gloves to protect the skin on your hands.

h Wear gloves when you go outside during the winter. Cold air and low humidity can dry your skin, and dryness can make your eczema worse.

h Wear clothes made of cotton or a cotton blend.

Regular use of a moisturizer with a few drops of water can help prevent the dry skin that is common in winter.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.