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Recognizing the signs and symptoms of eczema

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Have you noticed your skin becoming irritated or inflamed? Well if you do you may be one of about 30 million adults or children that may have a condition called eczema. According to the National Eczema Association affected areas usually appear red, very dry, thickened or scaly. No matter which part of the skin is affected eczema is almost always itchy.

Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does according to the National Eczema Association it can affect a wide range of areas on the body from the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet.

So what causes eczema? And who is most likely to have this condition? While the cause of eczema is unknown it is commonly found in families with a history of allergies affecting children adults and even infants. Some people may have flare-ups of the itchy rash in response to a certain substance or condition such as being too hot and sweating or too cold which can dry out the skin. Irritation can also be caused by exposure to household products such as soap or detergent or pet dander. Although there is no cure most people can effectively manage their condition with medical treatment and avoiding triggers which cause the flare-up.

While there are no tests to determine eczema most often your doctor can make a diagnosis by looking to your skin and since many people with eczema also have allergies an allergy test may be performed to identify triggers. People are often diagnosed when they are young babies, but as the child grows it often becomes less severe. 
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