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Jul 14, 2011

Healthy Living scratches away the myths about eczema

Eczema is a skin disorder that causes dry Itchy skin, we’ve all had it before.  One of the most common factors is the detergents we use.  But before you ignore it and wait for it to go away, listen up because this week’s Healthy Living takes a look at one of the potential culprits.

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

The largest organ our body has is our skin. While we many not give much thought about how we care for our skin, we do encounter skin problems at times. According to Dermatologist Dr Jorge Lopez, one of the most common conditions he sees in his clients is eczema. He helps us to understand more about the condition.

Dr Jorge Lopez, Dermatologist

Jorge Lopez

“Eczema or dermatitis are basically two words for one affection. Eczema comes from the Greek and dermatitis from the Latin basically it mean an inflammatory reaction of the skin.  Some irritants like cement for example that you see in construction workers, you can have metal, like earrings, or necklaces or wrist bands or watch bands. You can have varicose veins that can cause a form of dermatitis that is called stasis dermatitis and you can have topic dermatitis in which genetics play a very large role.”

Eczema is a broad diagnosis with several possible causes. It is said to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. The most common symptom is an itchy rash. Other symptoms include:

Dr Jorge Lopez

“Reddening of the skin, there could be oozing depending on the evolution. If its acute, if it has only a couple of days then it has to be very very red, it tends to itch or burn depending on if it’s a contact dermatitis or an irritant dermatitis.”

The skin may appear shiny and scaly or become hardened with repeated exposure to irritants and there may be a slight change in color.

Dr Jorge Lopez

“That’s one most common reasons people come to visit me and the most common causes are detergents and softener. especially in hot weather like in Belize when you use a lot of chlorine for example or detergent or suavitel or whichever softener what happens when you sweat is that because of some areas of your clothes that come in direct contact with your skin those particles of their chemicals are dissolved by the sweat and they get in contact with your skin and they cause irritation then they start to itch or burn, it gets reddish and they don’t really know what to do so that’s the most common cause for dermatitis. Complications with eczema is depending on the ideology varies. But the most common one would be infection. what happens is you have a eczema there and it itches and you’re scratching and by scratching you’re already opening like a door for bacteria to enter inside your skin and then you get a bacterial infection…kidneys could be damaged in children.”

Treatment for eczema is usually steroid creams and anti-histamines; however, Dr Lopez warns that a confirmation of eczema is necessary as some medications can cause more damage if it is not eczema. But the number one recommendation by Dr Lopez is Prevention.

Dr Jorge Lopez

“Its tarts by the type of soap you use. If you are using a type of soap that is actually designed for your hands which is a harsher type of skin than the rest of your body then you are actually drying your skin and dry skin is much more sensitive to whatever irritant might be in contact with it. Skin is very noble if you drink a lot of water, if you eat enough veggies, and fruits and your use moisturizers and try to avoid any aggressors of the skin like harsh chemicals or soaps then it tends be very noble and you can see whenever somebody takes care of their skin.”

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1 Response for “Healthy Living scratches away the myths about eczema”

  1. confused says:

    Just poor Science at work here. They are obviously grouping many different illnesses into one name: Eczema. Whenever doctors group many different causes and many different symptoms under one name, they are just being lazy. I would hope doctors and researchers would say that they dont know what this is all about and they are working on it. That would be better. Anyway, I have seen real sufferers of eczema and it is not a nice sight. More specifially the genetic type: ‘Haley Haley’. Please all, lets try to find the root cause and cure for these illnesses and lets work to improve humanity. We are all ONE.

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