UNDERSTANDING ECZEMA SKIN CONDITIONS or ITCHY FLAKY DERMATITIS. 

Eczema skin with hair explained

Understanding Eczema dry skin patches

 
Section of skin with a hair

This article is to explain about the skin and understanding Eczema dry skin patches, or condition of a flaky Dermatitis scalp, the skin  is the body’s largest organ, so its not surprising that skin diseases and Eczema dry skin patches are one of the most common medical compliant. This article will examine some of those dry skin conditions, and eczema dry skin patches, of their causes and what action you can take  to relieve them.

Our skin performs many important functions.

  • 1.It shields us from adverse weather conditions.
  • 2. It protects us from harmful bacteria.
  • 3.Through the sense of touch, skin can communicates sensations to the brain.
  • 4. the most amazing and fascinating function of all, it can repair itself.
  • 5.  can self regulate body temperature

Skin consists of two main layers the epidermis nearest the surface and the dermis underneath . The dermis is a complex structure containing nerves blood vessels, sweat glands and hair follicle & a small muscle.

Linked to each hair follicle  are sebaceous glands which produce  an oil called sebum and each hair has its own  arrector pili muscle so that our bodies reflect our mammal pre historic fear by flight response thus having hairs go on end with goosebumps.

It is believed, the reason why we have this odd response is to trap air under the hair to keep are bodies warm….which presents the last of the functions of skin , it can self regulate body heat.

Normally the natural oils produced by the skin form a restrictive barrier on its surface. The reason for this because the surface of the skin is of an acid Ph 5.5. nature. This barrier helps prevent moisture from evaporating and keeps the skin moisturised and supple.

WHY DOES SKIN BECOMES DRY.

Sometimes the skin does not produce as much natural oil as it needs to maintain its moisture retaining protective barrier. Without an effective barrier skin can become dehydrated to develop dry skin patches, that can make skin rough sensitive irritate or be itchy.

Dry skin has many different causes. It may be a hereditary condition or be caused by a reaction to a particular material or substance or exposure extreme weather conditions.

Our skin can also become drier as we get older as hormonal influences are associated therefore understanding Eczema dry skin patches can lend you information to aid you for remission period of this skin condition.

Facts on the Eczema Condition. 

Eczema is a common skin condition which affects about  one in twelve adults at some time. Atopic eczema is a hereditary condition and has links with both asthma and hay fever.

Eczema sufferers generally come from families so Eczema first appears as infantile affecting one in eight babies. There are associated conditions too connect to Eczema like Asthma or Hay fever, though it does not necessarily follow all the children in the family or will be affected.

With Eczema, the skin can be hypersensitive to certain irritants, in particular to animal fur or feathers and to house dust mites which commonly live in bedding and carpets. Many other chemical agents are considered and may aggravate the skin eg soaps, washing powder, shower gels or products that contain lanolin.

Eczema can occur on a specific localised area of the body usual sites found are the whole scalp, the wrists/hands, joints or in extreme cases all over the body.

Eczema dry skin patches can feels tight, red and sore and can be very itchy to which scratching increases the soreness and inflammation which can have a consequence of weeping and bleeding to the surface of the skin.

Secondary infection is common if skin is to break like this. Our instinctive reaction to scratch is easy but this only makes matters worse, but to stop scratching can stop further aggravation.

The skin is harder to treat if the skin becomes sore and inflamed which in turn can lead to deeper problems of weeping and crusting.  Only sufferers of Ezcema, really know, how hard this vicious cycle can be to break.!

DERMATITIS

The term Dermatitis is generally used to describe a skin condition caused by contact with an external substance. An area of skin becomes inflamed irritated and itchy as a result  of contact with an irritant such as

  • cement
  • chemicals
  • detergents
  • glue
  • insect bites
  • plants
  • perfumes
  • toiletries
  • metal nickel
  • rubber
  • leather
  • resins..etc.

Treatment of Dermatitis is often difficult as the causative factor must be first be discovered and then stop contact. A skin sensitivity test is highly recommended to provide clarity of what irritant you are allergic too.! A visit to a G.P doctor usually can make a referral for this test.

DRY SENSITIVE SKIN

Many people who do not suffer from Eczema or dermatitis nonetheless can suffer from dry sensitive skin at some time. Th is equal between men and women of any age.

Our skin is constantly under attack- by exposure to harsh weather conditions, by the modern environment eg central heating in our homes or air conditioning it is not surprising that sometimes the skins’ natural defences are not able to fully protect it. When this happens although the condition will not be as severe as eczema the skin still needs special care.

WHAT TREATMENT OR PREVENTATIVE MEASURES CAN I TAKE?

 

        HAIR HOSPITAL Top 5 tips.

  • avoid using normal soaps because they remove  the natural produced oil “sebum” from the skin.
  • Wash bed clothes and vacuum beds and carpets frequently to control the house dust mite especially if you have a pet!
  • Wash clothes and bedclothes with lower sulphates “a non biological detergent” and make sure everything is rinsed thoroughly.
  • Wear cotton underclothes and avoid wearing wool and synthetic materials next to skin as these fabrics contain an irritant called lanolin.
  • Be aware of your cause irritants if dealing with contact Dermatitis.

FREE ADVICE on Treatment.

  • go to your health provider G.P and ask for a sensitivity skin patch test with all knowledgeable irritants known to you.
  • use a cold compress instead, if you desire to scratch, as this helps to reduce the inflammation and can be a good to distraction not to give into the cycle of itch =inflammation=soreness, weeping or bleeding.
  • Avoid water directly to skin however emollient therapy is the treatment that most often responsive to Eczema dry skin patches.
  • Emollients put lost moisture back, they protect the skin from further moisture loss, reduce the inflammation and scaling.
  • All the above can relieve the itchiness and irritation cycle how ever in severe cases please consult your G p or a Hair & scalp expert @Hair Hospital.