Relief from symptoms of eczema

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What is eczema?

Eczema is a general term for a number of conditions associated with an inflammation of the skin. The condition comes in many forms, varies from person to person and affects all races and ages.


There are many types of eczema. Contact eczema, triggered by soap, perfume or rash that could appear after contact with poison ivy; seborrheic eczema, known as dandruff; or nappy rash, skin irritation affecting babies.The most common type of eczema, however, is atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis). It affects about one in three Australians at some stage in their life.


Eczema is a complex condition that commonly involves a defect in the barrier function of the skin and an immune system that is overly sensitive to bacteria and allergens. This causes excess moisture loss resulting in extremely dry, itchy skin which then becomes red, inflamed and can even crack and bleed. As the skin barrier is not functioning properly it allows bacteria to overgrow on the skin and allergens to attack the skin. This further aggravates the skin and increases the itch and redness.


The area affected by eczema generally varies with age. Young children often develop eczema on the face, head, torso and limbs. Older children often have irritations on their wrists and inner elbows, the back of knees and the tops of ankles. These areas may continue to be affected in adulthood.


Intense itch is a major feature of eczema and may affect your sleep, leading to poor concentration and exhaustion. Eczema is not life-threatening, but it can cause intense physical and psychological discomfort and also have a major impact on the whole family.


Don't wait too long before treating your eczema and skin irritations with Dexem Cream or Scalp lotion.