Not all people here in Singapore know they have a skin problem called atopic dermatitis or commonly called eczema. It is a skin condition that begins during infancy and pursues through childhood. There are many who outgrew this condition but there are others who continue to have this through adulthood. You have to know that there are many types of eczema.
Types of eczema include contact eczema, allergic contact eczema, dyshidriotic eczema, seborrheic eczema, nummular eczema, statis dermatitis and neurodermatitis. If you want to know about these conditions, you should consult your dermatologists or just look for references. Moving on, atopic dermatitis affects people who live in dry climates and cities. It is no wonder why some Singaporeans suffer such. Atopic dermatitis both affects men and women.
You wonder what really causes eczema. There are many possible causes but for a start, experts say that it is the combination of environmental and hereditary factors. When you speak of environmental factors, it include irritants (like soaps, shampoos, detergents, vegetable and meats), allergens (like pollens, dust mites, mould and dandruff) and foods (like soy products, dairy products, wheat, eggs and nuts).
People who have this condition will experience periods where their symptoms worsen or flare up but there will come a time when their symptoms will improve. Symptoms that will manifest if you have this condition include rashes that become bumpy, rashes that darken and rashes that will appear in elbows, neck and knees. The appearance of the affected skin will vary depending on how much it is scratched.
You have to keep in mind that scratching and rubbing the affected area will lead to irritation and infections. In fact, it will increase the inflammation thereby making the itch worse. If you think you have this condition, you should consult your dermatologists right away. Doctors will agree that there is no single test that can diagnose eczema. The doctor will need to see you multiple times before they make the right diagnosis.
There are many specialists here in Singapore that you can go to. Do not worry about it. The next thing that you should consider is the treatment and prevention of eczema. Truthfully, there is no overall cure for the condition. Doctors only aim to heal the affected skin and prevent flaring up. The treatment will focus on alleviating the symptoms.
Here are some things that you can do: take regular warm baths, moisturize skin every day, wear soft fabrics, use mild soaps, learn what triggers your condition and avoid them, use humidifier and many more. Doctors will prescribe topical creams and ointments.