Eczema is an inflammation of the skin which is caused by allergy. About 15 in 1,000 people suffer from eczema. People are sometimes born with eczema or may develop eczema later in life. Eczema is associated with red, itchy skin, possibly with blisters, bumps or flakes. There are two different types of eczema.
Atopic or constitutional eczema is an inherited condition which may flare up at any given time in life. In 70% of the cases, the patient has a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever. This form of eczema cannot be cured. Constitutional eczema often affects the back of the knees, elbows, neck, face and hands. This type of eczema is aggravated by stress and dry skin.
Another type of eczema is contact eczema, which is a reaction of the skin to a particular substance. For example, rubber, soap or cosmetics. Contact eczema can appear suddenly.
Eczema can be reduced by taking extra good care of your skin. Make sure your skin does not dry out and use an vitamin E rich cream or lotion on a regular basis. Dry skin is more prone to eczema and itches more. Avoid clothing made from rough fabrics, such as wool, and choose fabrics that are breathable.
See below what creams you can order to treat and prevent eczema.