You’ve recently noticed that your child has red, itchy rashes while you have seasonal allergies. Could there be a link between the two? As explained in this information from WebMD, studies show that if one or both parents have eczema, asthma, or seasonal allergies, their child is more likely to develop eczema. In turn, children with the condition may be more at risk for getting asthma, allergies, or both.
Let’s start with eczema. This condition refers to a common skin disease called atopic dermatitis, which causes a dry, itchy, red rash. Today, nearly 31 million Americans suffer from AD-related symptoms. Those with eczema often point to the itching as the most frustrating symptom. Unfortunately, all that scratching can make things worse. Over time, one’s skin can become thick and dark as a result of the itching. While there may not be an exact cause of eczema, skin care experts have determined key factors that trigger flare-ups. They’ve found that those with eczema don’t produce as much fat and oils as others, meaning their skin retains less water. The skin becomes more sensitive to irritants that may include soaps, detergents, shampoos, and disinfectants. Be mindful that the skin can also be irritated by allergens such as pets, pollen, dandruff, dust mites, and mold.
Though the two may seem interchangeable, most types of eczema are not allergies. Should you find yourself around things or environments that cause an allergic reaction, the disease can flare up. At times, our bodies will overreact to substances, known as allergens, that are usually not dangerous. That is why we occasionally get hives, itching, swelling, sneezing, and a runny nose. Here are some of the more common allergens:
There was a time when scientists thought that all types of eczema were caused by allergies. But now we know that it’s actually much more complicated. Here is what researchers have found of late:
Whether as an adult or child, it’s imperative to take control of your eczema symptoms. That means moisturizing daily, taking prescribed medication as directed, and maintaining any dietary restrictions. Here are some additional tips to prevent flare-ups:
Another idea for managing symptoms is wearing eczema clothing from Soothems. Made from innovative smart fabric, our therapeutic clothing for eczema can help those with, particularly sensitive skin. From comforting eczema sleeves to soothing eczema suits, our team provides a therapeutic solution to eczema.
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