Last week we learned some symptoms of eczema in infants and children under age two through to puberty. This week, we will look at symptoms in adults.
Symptoms in adults
*Rashes commonly appear in creases of elbows or knees, or the nape of neck.
*Rashes cover much of the body.
*Rashes can be especially prominent on neck, face, and around the eyes.
*Rashes can cause very dry skin.
*Rashes can be permanently itchy.
*Rashes can cause scaly skin (scalier than in children).
*Rashes can lead to skin infections.
Adults who developed atopic dermatitis as a child but no longer experience the condition may still have dry or easily irritated skin, hand eczema, and eye problems.
The appearance of skin affected by atopic dermatitis will depend on how much a person scratches and whether the skin is infected. Scratching and rubbing irritates the skin further, increases inflammation, and makes itchiness worse.
Causes of Eczema
*Irritants— soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants, juices from fresh fruits, meats, or vegetables.
*Allergens— dust mites, pets, pollens, mold, and dandruff.
*Microbe— bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, viruses, and certain fungi.
*Hot and cold temperatures— very hot or cold weather, high and low humidity, and perspiration from exercise.
*Foods— dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products, and wheat.
*Stress— it is not a cause of eczema but can make symptoms worse.
*Hormones— women can experience worse forms of eczema symptoms at times, especially, when their hormone levels are changing, for example during pregnancy and at certain points in their menstrual cycle.
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