Eczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin, associated to a varying degree with other features such as:
The word ‘eczema’ comes from Greek words that mean ‘to boil over’.
Eczema is divided into a small number of subgroups based largely on the factors that may be most important in causing eczema in any one individual, but the symptoms and appearance of the skin in all these types can be exactly the same.
The classification system of eczema is far from perfect as it is often difficult or impossible to accurately say what causes eczema to occur in any one person.
Eczema is notoriously difficult to treat, however, creams, lotions, ointments, bath oils and gels can help to reduce water loss from the skin, making it less dry and itchy.
Stress can make symptoms worse and, although there is no scientific evidence that alternative medicines or relaxation exercises can ease eczema, many sufferers do find treatments such as acupuncture or aromatherapy useful in managing the condition.
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