Eczema: main symptoms

Eczema is one of the most common skin diseases. Like many dermatoses, eczema looks extremely unattractive, and a healthy person will instinctively recoil from an eczema sufferer. However, it is completely in vain – even when in contact with the affected areas of the skin, this disease cannot be infected.

In the acute stage in the initial period of the disease, the skin affected by eczema radically changes its appearance. Initially, rashes in the form of small bubbles form on it, the skin turns red. Then these bubbles begin to break open, and the skin surface is covered with tiny wells, from which a clear liquid oozes. The reddening of the skin further intensifies. After opening the bubbles and their gradual drying, scales and pieces of the upper layer, crusts remain on the skin. The whole process is accompanied by severe irritating itching.
Gradually, the acute stage of eczema is replaced by a chronic one, which is expressed in coarsening and thickening of the skin. Peeling appears, the skin may crack. Itching often causes a desire to scratch the affected area. This is strictly contraindicated, since scratching can lead to infection of the skin. In the latter case, redness of the skin is less noticeable.

Most often, eczema occurs on the hands, wrists, fingers, under the knees and on the neck. However, absolutely any part of the body is subject to it. The symptoms of eczema can also vary from person to person.

Children’s eczema stands apart – as a rule, in children, the disease affects the face. Bubbles appear on the cheeks and forehead, which burst and dry out, forming crusts. As the erosion heals, the crust hardens, resembling a shell. Eczema in children is more severe than in adults. Infection of the affected areas can cause suppuration, the spread of the disease through the trunk and extremities .

event_note March 19, 2022

account_box Dr. Peter B Milburn

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