If you’re reading this, we’re guessing you’re tired of the incessant itching and dryness associated with eczema. Although there is no magical ‘silver bullet’ for curing eczema, there is plenty you can do to help manage it and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
What is eczema?
Eczema—also known as atopic dermatitis—appears as an itchy, red rash on the body and is caused by your body’s immune system overreacting to particular irritants. While it can appear anywhere on the skin, these inflamed rashes are most common on areas of the body that bend, such as your elbows and knees. The severity of the condition varies from person-to-person and can fluctuate between mild to severe if the sufferer is unaware of their personal triggers. In its worst case, you might find yourself scratching until your skin bleeds, however itching and scratching tends to only worsen the rash, making eczema an incredibly frustrating cycle. Because of its highly visible nature, many sufferers also feel embarrassed by the condition.
Who gets eczema?
It is important to remember that this type of skin problem is very common, affecting almost one third of Australians at one point in their lives according to the Eczema Association of Australasia. While it’s possible to develop eczema as an adult, most people are diagnosed with eczema as babies or as young children, with symptoms becoming less severe as the sufferer gets older.
What causes eczema?
While the exact cause of eczema is unknown, it often tends to run in families with children being more likely to develop the condition if one or both parents suffer from eczema. Genetics aside, simple irritants such as soaps, pollen, skin care products and even certain foods can make the condition worse. Eliminating these triggers is the best long-term solution to avoid eczema flare ups. You can read more about common triggers here.
Do I have eczema?
If you have an itchy, red rash on your body that looks similar to these photos above, there is a good chance you have eczema. It is characterised by a rash that is worsened by heat, exercise, and sometimes stress, and is incredibly itchy. It may be always present in some form, or it may come and go, depending on your triggers and your immune system. If you think you may have eczema, always make sure you visit your doctor to have it confirmed.
How do I best manage my eczema symptoms?
The best way manage your eczema is to uncover your triggers . Avoiding certain foods, fabrics or activities may help avoid a flare up. Keeping your skin moisturised and managing a neutral temperature at home will also help to reduce skin irritation. When your symptoms do flare up, our Billie Goat soap formulas are created with active ingredients and have been shown to help relieve those nasty eczema symptoms.