Eczema is more complicated than you imagine. With so many different types of eczema that exist it is clear that they will not act the same in all cases, nor will the causes be the same for each manifestation of this disease. There are many elements that influence to generate a reaction in your body, and some will be exposed later to be of help in identifying what affects you personally.
Types of Eczema:
There is not a single type of eczema, but several that have different causes and consequences. But what is eczema exactly? It is a skin disorder causing changes and inflammation, along with other visible symptoms on the surface. Inflammation is caused by a buildup of fluid between the skin cells, and in severe cases you will see drops of fluid leave the affected areas. Knowing what you have is the first step towards effective treatment, and with eczema there are many variations but that can be divided into three categories that you can read below.
Eczema Caused by External Factors
There was already talk of this type of eczema that is commonly called contact dermatitis. In the article Treatment for Contact Dermatitis you will find the different types of this condition along with possible treatments and prevention. To sum are two types, irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis . The first condition occurs from contact with an external element such as detergents, fabrics, soaps, metals, among others. Usually only the area that has come into contact with the allergen is affected, and thus it is easier to identify which element was to avoid it in the future. The second condition, allergic contact dermatitis is more complicated since it produces a reaction inside the body in the immune system from contact with an external factor. In this case, the outbreaks can spread beyond the area touched by the allergen. For this reason it becomes difficult to identify precisely the element that caused the reaction, unless it has been introduced through the mouth, since in these cases the reaction occurs shortly thereafter. Sweat, friction, heat and humidity can trigger another type of eczema caused by external factors, in this case physical, for example after exercising in the gym where the most affected areas is the neck and behind the knees.
Eczema Caused by Internal Factors:
Atopic dermatitis , already mentioned in the article Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis, is one of the most common types of eczema caused by internal factors. If you have suffered from this condition, you probably have not been able to determine the cause easily and can be a source of much frustration and discomfort. It is not called one of the most difficult types of eczema for anything, even science has had trouble determining the definitive causes which makes it difficult to develop a cure. It is believed that a hormonal or fatty acid imbalance could be the cause but this only occurs when there is an external factor that triggers the reaction. What is it? As far as you can tell, it results from an extreme reaction by the immune system with symptoms that include inflammation, constant itching and redness of the affected skin. Sometimes there is presence of liquid.
Other types of eczema due to internal factors are:
- Dyshidrotic eczema , similar to atopic dermatitis, only causes lesions similar to blisters on the fingers. The cause of this condition is also difficult to identify but is usually treated in the same way as atopic dermatitis.
- Seborrheic eczema: when there is an extreme reaction to yeast as well as in athlete’s foot, dandruff or milk crust.
- Asteatotic ecsema: It is a common type in older adults and can make the skin appear dry and cracked. It is caused by low temperatures and frequent skin washing.
- Varicose Eczema: Its cause is related to the poor circulation in the legs present in inflamed ankles and varicose veins. This type of eczema darkens the skin on the legs.
After identifying what type of eczema affects you it is important to check with your doctor what treatments benefit you before the condition worsens.
Causing Elements of Eczema on the skin:
As we have seen, there are two categories of eczema: that of external causes and internal causes, which have their subcategories. As explained in the article. The Different Types of Eczema, when dealing with external causes means having come into contact with a substance that generates a reaction, affecting only the area touched. With the internal causes, the skin reacts internally, produced by a combination of allergens and hormonal imbalance that generate an extreme reaction in your immune system. It affects many parts of the body where the skin is delicate. To better illustrate these two conditions, consider this example: for the type caused by external factors, a person only needs to touch a strawberry, for example, and it sprouts at the point of contact. When a person ingests the strawberry, he will get a more severe reaction in response to his immune system and will sprout in many parts of his body. This is the type caused by internal factors.
Now We Will See the Different Elements That Can Trigger Eczematous Dermatitis.
Have you ever sprouted because of pollen, dust or grass? Well, these are allergens and there are thousands and thousands of them around you that can potentially affect you if you suffer from eczema. There are natural and other non-natural allergens but the latter will be explained later. Allergens are mostly related to atopic dermatitis and work together with other triggers such as stress to generate a reaction. If you need to know if your eczema is caused by these allergens, you have to carefully observe your reactions, if it includes asthma or something similar to pollen allergy.
“If you suffer from any of these at the same time as the other symptoms of eczema by being exposed to a certain allergen such as dust, then you can identify it”.
Many people get a reaction with the contact or ingestion of certain foods and can cause eczema along with other typical allergy symptoms. Some foods that mostly generate eczema are:
- Dairy products
These among others can cause eczema either externally or internally. Fresh foods, fruits and vegetables free of any artificiality are the best to avoid eczema and allergy. The preparation and PH of the food also influences your body, so you should avoid red meat and white flour which increase the acid toxicity in your system. Meals must be prepared using fresh herbs instead of processed spices, thus lowering PH levels. In children, the occurrence of eczematous dermatitis or allergy to certain foods means that their reactions will become more severe when they grow up. They have more sensitivity towards food allergens, and it is believed that it is because the immune system has not yet fully developed and therefore tends to react to allergens. Later on their bodies always learn to react to that allergen, in this case a food. To identify if they really are those strawberries you gave him the night before, or the shrimp at lunch that are causing a reaction, you must slowly introduce food into your children’s diet to follow up on each individual meal. If you see that your eczema decreases when you take away certain foods, it means that your child does not tolerate them and should be avoided in the future.
Chemists and the Environment:
Today we live with too many pollutants and chemicals that is almost a miracle that we can stay healthy by being exposed to so much artificiality. The problem is that not everyone reacts the same to everything around us, and some chemists can generate eczema either internally or externally.
Some irritants are:
- Fabric softener
- Over-the-counter medications
- Household cleaning products
- Clothing chemicals
It is very difficult to control the world around us, especially the smoke that is almost impossible to avoid in large cities. An air filter can be purchased to reduce the effect of smoke but it is not always possible to control it.
You might have been spinning in the gym for several hours, or lifting weights, but at least you think you feel annoying irritation in the neck, behind the knees or in other parts of the body affected by sweat. Most likely, you have an eczema outbreak caused by the combination of heat and sweat. Another type of body irritant can be found in babies who have been in a wet diaper for a long time, where the germs combine with the heat and sweat of the baby’s body to generate an outbreak that starts from the affected area but if not treated It can quickly spread.
You go out on a day with good sun and eczema appears… give them a day when there is snow and the same thing happens to you. The heat-triggered eczema is similar to that caused by sweat, creating red spots and an itch that spreads from the heat source and sweat, mostly around the neck and knees. Older adults suffer more from eczematous dermatitis caused by the cold that results in dry, inflamed and itchy skin, so their skin is thinner and more susceptible.
As already mentioned in previous articles, a hormonal imbalance can cause eczema internally. In the case of atopic dermatitis, if you suffer from a hormonal imbalance and you are exposed to an allergen, you can have a reaction, more if you also suffer from stress. If you think this is your case it is better to consult with your doctor to get a professional opinion about possible treatments.
Ever at work before an important meeting or during a giant project, have you suffered so much stress that you get hives or a rash? We are all aware of the profound influence that anxiety and stress has on our bodies, but in some people stress or nervous tics trigger eczematous dermatitis. If you rub or scratch the same place constantly can cause a reaction, so it is important to resort to relaxation therapies or massages to get calm. Now that you are armed with all this information you can go to the next step and that is to be free of eczema. For more information you can see the articles with natural remedies and treatments for eczema or order the e-book Goodbye Eczema can be a valuable tool for you, written by an expert who has been a victim of this condition. You can start improving your quality of life now!