Dry Skin (Eczema)
What is eczema?
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is an allergic skin condition that affects young and old alike. It is itchy, thickened, scarlet areas on an assortment of parts of the body. White blood cells from patients with eczema show decreased levels of prostaglandins, increased histamine release, and decreased ability to kill bacteria. A similar condition is psoriasis. Psoriasis is marked by plaques and silvery scales on the skin, caused by too rapid replication and pile up of skin cells. The lesions can weep fluids and may form small blisters.
What causes eczema?
Eczema typically shows up as red, itchy, and inflamed skin. Some people might even experience dryness, thickened or scaly patches, and small bumps or blisters. It can be quite uncomfortable, but don't worry, there are various treatments available to help manage it. And remember, speaking to a healthcare professional is always a good idea for accurate diagnosis and personalized advice. Stay positive and take care!
Medical professionals think that eczema is often caused by a combination of heredity and environmental factors. There are several factors that may cause eczema to flare up or get worse, including:
If you're into trying out natural remedies for eczema, you might want to consider Chinese herbs. They've been used for ages to help with all sorts of conditions, including eczema.
Some popular herbs for eczema include dong quai, rehmannia, and schisandra. These herbs are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help calm down the skin and reduce itchiness.
But hey, just remember that everyone's skin is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. It's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before trying out any new treatments. Good luck and take care!
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