Eczema is a skin condition that impacts millions around the globe — but whether you suffer from it or not, there are a lot of myths and misinformation out there. It’s Eczema Awareness Month, so we’re putting you to the test. How much do you really know about eczema? Read on and find out.
Myth #1: Eczema is contagious
One of the most frequent questions we receive about this skin condition is how it spreads. The truth, however, is that eczema doesn’t spread: It’s genetic. 10% of the population suffer from flare-ups, and typically (but not always), the first symptoms show up in childhood.
Still, don’t worry too much about passing it on to any future children — while it’s true children of parents who have the condition are more at risk, it isn’t a guarantee.
Myth #2: Eczema shows up the same in everyone
Symptoms vary from person to person. However, there are commonalities and signs to look for, such as dry, scaly, or raw skin, red patches, itchiness, and swollen raised bumps. Oftentimes it shows up on the elbows and knees, but it can show up anywhere, including the hands, feet, ankles, wrists, neck, upper chest, or eyelids.
However and wherever your eczema shows up, rest assured we’ve seen it all and it’s normal. If you’re worried you may have eczema but haven’t been diagnosed, it’s always smart to get checked out by a dermatologist.
Myth #3: Eczema is a superficial condition
While it may be a skin condition on the outside, it can be quite stressful and cause distress for those who deal with it regularly.
In addition to being a visible condition, the day-to-day impact of dealing with itchiness and pain during flare-ups is both psychologically and physically damaging. Don’t suffer in silence believing eczema is a vanity condition — it can and does impact the quality of life of those not treating it.
Myth #4: Eczema is curable
Unfortunately, if you’re part of the population who deals with eczema, there is no permanent way to cure it. Although eczema is not curable, it is treatable.
Some lifestyle tricks to manage mild eczema are: moisturizing multiple times per day, avoiding excessive sweating, reducing exposure to any known triggers (such as soaps and detergents), and using products specifically for sensitive skin.
From prescriptions for severe cases to OTC treatments for mild, having eczema doesn’t mean suffering with eczema.
Additionally, taking care of your mental health can help too. If you know stress is a trigger for your flare-ups, stay on top of managing it by carving out time for relaxation. If that’s not cutting it, a topical gel or even phototherapy may be the right option for you. Although it may require ongoing maintenance, eczema can be managed.
If you or someone you love has eczema and needs treatment, give us a call. We’re here to educate and to help: (208) 888-0660.