What problems arise in the treatment of eczema

The effectiveness of medical treatment fundamentally depends, among other things, on the most accurate diagnosis. However, in some forms of eczema, the diagnosis can be very difficult, for example, due to the presence of other concomitant infectious skin diseases accompanied by severe inflammation, often not much different from eczema. Even if an effective treatment is found, there will always be the possibility of new exacerbations. So, for example, in atopic dermatitis, hereditary predisposition is of paramount importance; while in allergic contact eczema, a new aggravation may be caused by contact with an allergen, which cannot always be avoided.

In addition, areas of the skin affected by eczema lack effective protection against microbial contamination . Due to the loss of the acid mantle of the skin, the washing out of the protein-containing fluid, and the weakening of the body’s own defenses, an ideal breeding ground for harmful microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi is created. This complicates both the healing process and the treatment itself.

With eczema, accompanied by severe itching, skin lesions, such as scratching , can become the gates of infection . Depending on the form of eczema and the duration of the disease, infections of a very different nature can occur. There are special skin microorganisms that can cause infection even on healthy skin if a certain amount of pathogens have accumulated on it. If the skin is injured, then even a relatively small number of pathogens is sufficient for the development of an inflammatory reaction.

event_note March 14, 2022

account_box Dr. Peter B Milburn

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