It can also be called dermatitis and about 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK suffer with it.
There are numerous types of eczema and the severity of the condition also varies greatly.
Types of Eczema - Atopic eczema: This type of eczema runs in families and these families may also suffer with asthma and hay fever.
The eczema tends to be triggered by allergens in what we eat or products that we use and it seems to be long lasting.
It mostly affects babies and young children, but adults can suffer with it too.
- Contact eczema: Skin comes into contact with an allergen and this will produce a local reaction - itchy skin in that particular place.
- Seborrheic eczema: Mainly affects the scalp, but can also appear on the face and neck, it is sometimes called cradle cap in children and dandruff in adults.
- Gravitational (varicose or stasis) eczema: It is most common in older women, especially if you have poor circulation, varicose veins or have had a blood clot and it affects the lower legs.
- Dyshidrotic (pompholyx) eczema: Itchy blisters that affect hands and feet.
- Nummular (discoid) eczema: Itchy coin shaped discs that appear on arms, trunk and legs and tend to become crusty and infected.
-Asteaotic Eczema: Nearly always affects people over 60, mainly appears on the shins and looks like crazy paving.
Causes of Eczema Scientists believe that it is related to an overactive response of our immune system to an irritant.
There are various triggers, which can start the vicious itch- scratch cycle in susceptible people.
These triggers include dust, pollen,chemicals,cosmetics,climate changes, synthetic fibres and last but not least food allergies/ intolerances.
Eczema Treatment Doctors currently believe there is no cure for eczema, that it can only be managed.
By that they mean mainly moisturising routines and the use of steroid creams to clear up flare-ups.
But read on and you'll see that I believe there are other options.
Fodd Allergies/ Intolerances and Eczema As I said earlier, this condition affects a big percentage of the population not just in the UK, but worldwide and the problem seems to be getting bigger.
My son had severe eczema when he was little and his was partially caused by food allergies.
It took me two years to cure his eczema, but it was well worth it.
The time, when his eczema was at its most severe, must have been one of the most difficult times of my life.
The constant itch- scratch cycle, the never ending moisturising routines, the sleepless nights, etc...
It really made our lives truly miserable.
I Know How You Feel I also used to suffer with eczema, so I really do know how you feel, as I've had plenty of personal experience.
But the truth of the matter is that you don't need to keep on suffering.
It is possible to take your health into your own hands and really start helping yourself towards a much happier and healthier eczema free life.
Which Foods Cause Eczema If you think your eczema is caused by food allergies, there is a number of things you can do.
First, you need to eliminate the foods, then you need to replace them with a simple healthy wholesome diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, include a high quality vitamin/mineral formula, make sure you get lots of sleep and exercise and try not get stressed! I hope this is useful and good luck with your eczema.