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Is Eczema Contagious ?

 

Not knowing too much about eczema can sometimes cause one to become very judgmental, and curious of the unknown.Wonder if you can catch it.  

Before we go into detail about whether eczema is contagious, let's take a second to learn what is eczema. Eczema is an inflammatory disease that affects over 35 million people. This disease causes the skin to become inflamed, irritated, itchy, and rashes that can appear on any part of your body.


There are 7 common types of eczema 

Atopic Dermatitis is the most common one, which usually affects children even though it can affect adults. Some of the others are Dyshidrotic eczema, Dyshidrotic eczema, stasis Dermatitis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Nummular Eczema, Papular Eczema.We will go through the details for each in our next post.


Is Eczema Contagious

It’s not contagious. However, there's no cure for it and the cause is unknown at this time. What studies have shown is that it can be because of genetic or  environmental triggers . 

How to check for it 

The best way is to contact your doctor. In the meantime, some of the symptoms are as follow 

  • dark-colored patches
  • rough, scaly, or leathery patches
  • swelling
  • crusting and oozing
  • Very bad itch 

These are a few tips to prevent a flare-up: 

  • OTC medication and prescription 
  • Moisturizer will help to hydrate your skin and smooth itchy irritated skin. Using a moisturizer that contains coconut oil (antimicrobial) for centuries known to help reduce inflammation and minimize discomfort for eczema.  
  • Try to use warm or cool water instead of hot when bathing
  • Try not to scratch or pick with it which can cause more damage than good.
  • Use gently unscented soap, and try to avoid fragrance. 
  • Keep an eye on your diet, and identify your allergies to help prevent flare out. 

Remember these are only tips.

You may want to consult with your doctor for more information.

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