Do you have dry, irritated, itchy skin? Do you also get a visible rash? You might have eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that fits this description and is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. People with eczema have skin that has a deficiency in the external layer and it allows moisture to escape. The result is dry skin that can be easily irritated.
I am fortunate not to have eczema, but is a big problem for a lot of people. Eczema affects around 35 million Americans. This translates to 1-3% of adults and 10-20% of children. You can see it starts young...70% start in children under 5 years old and 60% of infants affected by eczema will continue to be plagued by it in adulthood.
How do you know you have eczema? The first sign of eczema is dry, itchy, red, inflamed skin. For children you'll often seen it affect their face, around the eyes, and inside of the elbows and backs of knees. In adults the neck, elbows and backs of the knees are the most common places for it to appear. It can be triggered by irritant like soaps and fragrances, wool, rough textures, cold and dry weather, and heat and sweating.
In fall seasonal allergies can trigger eczema flares. You can talk to your doctor about using medication, like antihistamines, to help. A regular skincare routine with bathing and moisturizing will help, in addition to topical medications as needed. With winter approaching the dry, cold weather outside and warm inside affects this too. Keep your skin warm and protected outdoors. Use moisturizer to protect your skin from wind, and consider taking a vitamin D supplement. A humidifier and regular bathing, moisturizing routine will help too.
NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ is recommended by doctors area a useful over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to help with eczema. They make a line of skin care products designed just for that- Daily Moisturizing Cream, Daily Body Was and Anti-Itch Cream. Each of these products was developed with eczema in mind. They are fragrance and antibiotic from, plus gentle enough for the whole family. Be sure to check out the NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ website for more information about these products. And you'll want to try them for you and your family's skin care needs.