During the third week in September, National Eczema Week shines a spotlight a skin condition affecting approximately 35 million Americans.
The week seeks to raise awareness on several fronts. First, the observance aims to educate others about the skin condition called eczema, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Another goal of the awareness day aims to grow support for the group called the National Eczema Society. Finally, the week places a focus on support for the places eczema sufferers and their families can go to get more information, friendly advice, and assistance.
Eczema is a medical condition which causes patches of skin to become rough and inflamed with blisters. The skin itches, and if scratched too much, can bleed.
According to the National Eczema Society, one in five children and one in twelve adults have eczema.
The specific cause of eczema is not known. However, it is thought to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. It is not contagious, and children are more likely to develop such a condition if a parent has had the same or similar condition.
While no treatment is available to eradicate eczema, several strategies help to ease the discomfort.
- Take lukewarm baths or showers
- Apply moisturizer within the first few minutes of bathing.
- Wear cotton and soft fabrics.
- Avoid scratchy fibers and tight-fitting clothes.
- Air-dry the skin or gently towel dry.
- Avoid rapid changes in temperature or activities that might make you sweat.
- Use a humidifier if the weather is cold or dry.
GET INVOLVED: Share your approach to caring for eczema. Where do you find the most support? Learn more at the National Eczema Foundation and find support there, too.
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