What is Eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes dry, itchy or irritated skin. It’s also called dermatitis, which means inflammation of the skin.
Certain people are more likely to develop eczema than others because of genetics or environmental factors. Common triggers for eczema include irritating chemicals and fragrances in detergents, soaps or cleansers; certain fabrics and dyes; wool; extreme temperatures; stress; cigarette smoke; pet dander (small scales from hair, feathers, fur or skin); perfume and cologne; house dust mites (very small insects found in many homes); mold and mildew.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes dry, itchy and irritated skin.
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes dryness, itchiness and irritation in many people. Although there are many different types of eczema, the most common form is called “atopic dermatitis.” This type of eczema is chronic and can come and go throughout your life.
Rest assured, you’re not alone. Approximately 29.2 million adults in the United States were affected by atopic dermatitis in 2009-2011, according to a 2016 study from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Eczema may be associated with a family history of allergies or asthma, but it’s not contagious nor life-threatening. Unfortunately though, eczema isn’t curable.
What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis
Eczema and psoriasis are two different skin conditions that sometimes get confused with each other. If you have eczema, it can make your skin itchy, dry, red, cracked, and inflamed. Although eczema can be itchy, people with psoriasis do not usually experience itching. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes the skin to become red and scaly; this type of rash occurs when the immune system mistakenly signals skin cells to grow too quickly. Eczema is a common condition that causes patches of skin to become dry and inflamed; this condition is not contagious.
Other differences between eczema and psoriasis include:
- Most people with eczema have a family history of allergies or asthma; however, most people who have psoriasis do not have a known family history of either condition.
- In general, the lesions associated with eczema tend to itch while those associated with psoriasis usually don’t itch unless they become infected.
- People with more severe cases of eczema may develop blisters on their hands or feet whereas people who have psoriasis typically don’t get blisters unless an infection develops in their lesions
Why might it be beneficial to enroll in an eczema clinical trial
- You might be the first person to try a new treatment.
- You might get access to treatments that are not yet available in the US market.
- You can help others like you by contributing to medical research.
- You may receive free access to care from leading experts in your community.
- In many cases, you will be paid for your participation.