What is atopic eczema?
Atopic eczema is a form of dermatitis, it is an inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). It can become dry, crusty, flaky, cracked and it can become infected and ooze and bleed. It is usually children that are affected by this skin condition but adults can also suffer with it.
What are the causes of atopic eczema?
The exact cause of eczema is not known, and it cannot be pinned down to a single cause, It appears often in people who have allergies, the word “atopic” means sensitivity to allergens. Eczema can also run in families, and often develops alongside other conditions, like asthma and hay fever.
Eczema can be triggered by soaps, detergents, stress or even the weather. Sometimes food allergies can bring on symptoms, especially in young children who have severe eczema. Did you know if you have coeliac disease you are three times more likely to have eczema?
Atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas to be affected are:
- Backs or fronts of the knees
- Outside or inside of the elbows
- Around the neck
People who suffer from eczema can have periods when they display hardly any symptoms at all, but at other times they can display very severe symptoms.
How do you treat atopic eczema?
There is currently no known cure for atopic eczema, but there are creams and emollients available from a doctor that can help relieve the symptoms. Personally since I’ve been following a gluten free diet my eczema symptoms have completely disappeared.