Eczema Facts for Children and Adults

Eczema can be a tough condition to live with, and at times, treatment options can feel very limiting.  Below are some interesting facts about eczema and new options to consider if you or someone you love is looking for new options to manage eczema.

Eczema is a very common inflammatory condition affecting over 30 million Americans. Eczema is usually itchy and can be accompanied by: red, inflamed skin, sensitivity, oozing or crusting, swelling, and even dark patches of skin. It’s most common for babies and children to develop the condition on their face, but it can appear anywhere on the body. Symptoms can also vary greatly among children, but may change or improve. Adults can develop the condition as well, even if it was never a factor in childhood.

Do Children Simply Outgrow Eczema?

There is no clear-cut answer as to whether or not a child’s eczema symptoms will improve as the grow. In many cases, yes, eczema symptoms do improve for most children, even as early as age 3. The age in which symptoms may come to an end varies with each child. While the eczema may subside, some children may deal with instances of sensitive skin well into their teen years and beyond. On the other end of spectrum, the condition can simply vanish like your child never had it. If the eczema does extend beyond childhood, the best tips for treatment are to lock in moisture and keep irritants out.

Why Does Eczema Develop in Some Adults?

While the exact cause of adult-onset eczema is yet to be determined, it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response to the body’s immune system to an irritant. Seasonal allergies, products you may be handling, the air in your house, even stress, may all be cause for this sudden development of symptoms. Being aware of your surroundings and changes to your behavior may allow you to better understand why this has happened, and how to avoid future flare-ups.

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