Eczema causes redness, flaking or blistering of the skin. In adults, there several forms including: irritant dermatitis; dyshidrosis, and nummular eczema. The irritant dermatitis is most notably common in older adults in which their skin tends to be dry, especially on the legs. This can lead to mild redness, flaking and irritation.
If you constantly use dishwashing liquids, detergents or other household cleaners, these can damage the skin on your hands. Dyshidrosis occurs when itchy blisters show up on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Some of the blisters burst and ooze and the surrounding areas may become inflamed and tender.
The third type is nummular which is accompanied by disks of red, flaking, itchy skin on the body; most commonly on the arms and legs. While it may last for several months, it usually clears up on its own.
However, you can take preventative measures by following these recommendations:
*Wool and some synthetic fabrics can irritate your skin.
*Most people with sensitive skin feel better in clothes made of cotton or a cotton blend.
*Bathe only with a mild soap and use a small amount of soap when bathing. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot.
*Soaking in the tub for a short time can be good for your skin because the skin's outer layer can absorb water and become less dry. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Then use a soft towel to pat your skin dry without rubbing.
*Immediately after drying, apply a moisturizer to your skin. This helps seal in the moisture.
Try not to scratch the irritated area on your skin even if it itches. Scratching can break the skin. Bacteria can enter these breaks and cause infection. Moisturizing your skin will help prevent itchiness.
You can control the onset of eczema by using rubber gloves over white cotton gloves for short periods of time when you are in contact with irritants, such as dishwater. Dry your hands thoroughly and apply an unscented hand cream as often as possible.
Organic Coconut Oil has also been effective in the treatment of eczema.