Posted on March 01 2018
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Eczema is a very common skin condition manifested by red, oozing (ruptured vesicles) lesions and itching .
There are two types of eczema: atopic eczema and contact eczema.
ECZEMA: CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS
Atopic eczema or Atopic dermatitis , is a non-contagious inflammatory skin disease , relapsing. This eczema mainly affects infants and children. It disappears most often at puberty, but sometimes persists in adolescents and adults.
Atopic dermatitis is favored by a genetic predisposition to allergies.
It associates the typical lesions of the eczema and a cutaneous dryness outside the affected areas. The affected parts of the body vary according to the age: rather localized at the level of the face, legs and arms before two years, they are mainly located at the level of the folds (neck, behind the ears, elbows, knees), hands, wrists and ankles in children over two years old.
Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease that primarily affects adults.
Contact dermatitis is a reaction to an allergen brought into contact with the skin. The reaction takes place in two stages: first, an awareness phase, which can last from a few days to several years. The immune system is then activated but no symptoms are felt.
In a second step, when the same substance comes into contact with the skin of an already sensitized person, the immune system recognizes the allergen and the symptoms of contact eczema appear in 24 to 48 hours: this is the phase of revelation.
The allergens involved are: clothing (trousers buttons, tinctures ...), cosmetics (perfumes, deodorants ...), cutaneous application drugs (antiseptics ...) and occupational allergens (hair coloring for hairdressers, paints in building trades ...).
The typical lesions of eczema first appear on the skin in contact with the allergen and then diffuse from the point of contact that can sometimes extend over the whole body.
For both types of eczema, some complications may occur, such as bacterial superinfection by scraping eczema lesions, resulting in impetigo .
HOW TO RELIEVE ECZEMA WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?
Aromatherapy relieves and soothes eczema, working on both the lesions and the psycho-emotional sphere. The beneficial essential oils against eczema are many:Yarrow, Camphor , Cedarwood , Patchouli . Aloe Vera Gel is Soothing, restorative and healing, bring a feeling of comfort to eczematous skin.
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