What is Eczema or Dermatitis?
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions. One of the most common forms is Atopic Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis. It is a chronic, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition usually causing itching and sometimes accompanied by crusting, scaling or blisters. It is very common and affects nearly a third of Australians during some stage of their life.
|Other symptoms include overall dryness of the skin, redness and inflammation. Constant scratching can also cause the skin to split, leaving it prone to infection. Fortunately, many children find the disease clears and disappears with age.|
There are many different types of eczema including the following:
Atopic Eczema - though to be a hereditary condition being genetically linked. Associated atopic conditions include asthma and hayfever.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis - develops when the body's immune system reacts against a substance in contact with the skin. The allergic reaction often develops over a period of time through repeated contact with the substance.
Infantile Seborrhoeic Eczema - a common condition affecting babies under one year old. Also referred to as cradle cap, it usually starts on the scalp or the nappy area and quickly spreads.
Adult Seborrhoeic Eczema - usually affects adults between the ages of 20-40. It is usually seen on the scalp as mild dandruff but can spread to the face, ears and chest. The skin becomes red, inflamed and starts to flake.
Nummular Eczema (Nummular Dermatitis) - a name given to a stubborn, itchy rash that forms coin-shaped patches on the skin. The lesions as they get older may clear in the centre or become scaly and then resemble fungus (ring worm).
Dishydrotic Eczema - a condition in which small blisters that cause intense itching develop on the hands and feet. They are most common along the edges of the fingers, toes, palms and soles. The vesicles produce intense itching and scratching leads to skin changes with thickening.
Perioral Dermatitis - a common facial skin problem in adult women. Groups of itchy or tender small red spots appear most often around the mouth. They spare the skin bordering the lips but develop on the chin, upper lip and cheeks. The skin surface becomes dry and flaky.
Dermatitis Seborreica - the overproduction of skin cells and the skin's oil (sebum). It causes red, flaky, slightly itchy skin in areas that have many oil-producing glands such as an adult's scalp, face, chest and back. The area from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth may be affected as well as the scalp of infants.
Stasis dermatitis - is a common inflammatory skin disease that occurs on the lower extremities in patients with chronic venous insufficiency with venous hypertension. The condition typically affects middle-aged and elderly patients.
Dermatitis herpetiformis - a chronic, extremely itchy rash consisting of bumps and blisters. Dermatitis herpetiformis is linked to sensitivity of the intestine to gluten in the diet (celiac sprue). It usually begins in persons 20 and older, though children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women.
Diaper Dermatitis - diaper rash is an irritation of the skin covering the groin, lower stomach, upper thighs and buttocks.
What Causes Eczema?
Although the cause of eczema is unknown, the condition appears to be an abnormal response to the body's immune system. In people with eczema, t he inflammatory response to irritating substances overacts, causing itching and scratching.
Many substances have been identified as itch 'triggers' in patients with eczema and triggers are not the same for every person. Many times it is difficult to identify the exact trigger that causes a flare-up.
For some, it seems that rough or coarse materials coming into contact with the skin causes itchiness. For others, feeling too hot and/or sweating will cause an outbreak. Other people find that certain soaps, detergents, disinfectants, contact with juices from fresh fruits and meats, dust mites and animal saliva may trigger itching.
How Can Eczema Be Prevented?
Eczema outbreaks can usually be avoided with some simple precautions. The following suggestions may help to reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups.
Treatment for Eczema and Dermatitis
We suggest using our Therapeutic Skin Cream after every shower, bath or swimming. This will put moisture back into your skin and the Manuka Honey will soak in very quickly to start to repair. Our cream also protects your skin - Manuka Honey naturally offers some sun protection but a sun screen is still advised to be applied if you are going outdoors.
If your eczema and dermatitis is very bad, we also suggest trying our MANUKA POWER concentrated ointment. This product is 30% Manuka Honey, so it is very concentrated and can be used in conjunction with the Therapeutic Skin Cream.
1. Being a natural product, the Therapeutic Skin Cream can be applied as many times during the day as required but as part of your every day routine it should be applied to your neck, arms and legs after every shower, bath or swimming. You should be doing this all the time, not just when your skin is inflamed - this should become part of your daily routine. The Manuka Honey will help control your Eczema and Dermatitis.
2. For the areas that are extremely bad, apply some MANUKA POWER ointment - this can be applied before or after the Therapeutic Skin Cream. So, use both products when your skin is extremely bad.
3. When your skin is so bad that it has broken the skin, apply Manuka Honey in its purest form to the broken skin for 3-5 days until the affected area has been covered with a scab or new skin. Then apply the Therapeutic Skin Cream as normal.
Manuka Honey is excellent on broken skin - it has natural anti-bacterial properties that helps heal and stops infections.
If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare practitioner.