What is Eczema?
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) is a general term for skin conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. Eczema may appear as red, itchy patches, often on the hands, wrists, and inside the bends of the elbows and knees. It may present as small, raised bumps, which may leak clear fluid with itch being a very common feature. It can appear as cracked, dry, or scaly skin. The affected skin may be raw from scratching, and may become regularly infected.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema may clear up and then recur periodically. It often occurs in families and commonly presents itself in infancy or early childhood before improving in teenage years. It is exacerbated by drier climates, such as those in Alberta, and transitions from areas of high humidity to a more dry climate. Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information about this disease on the Internet and on social media sites that leads to increased confusion in the public.
An accredited dermatologist, a skin specialist, can help diagnose and effectively treat this skin condition in the majority of cases. Patient and parent education (in cases of children with this condition) is extremely important.