Which Eczema Type Are You?

Which Eczema Type Are You?

Do you know which type of eczema you have?  Chances are the answer is no and you wouldn’t be alone.  The reason for this is that when most patients are diagnosed by their medical professional, they are simply told they have eczema – nothing more, nothing less.

The problem is the word “eczema” can be used as a very broad term to describe a number of different conditions, each with their own set of symptoms, triggers and treatments.

Let’s have a closer look:

Atopic Vs Non-Atopic – Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition associated with high risk of related allergies such as asthma and hay fever.   Many of us have heard the terms eczema and atopic dermatitis used interchangeably, however they are not one and the same thing.  It is important to note that not all eczema’s are atopic, which essentially means, they are not all triggered by allergies.  Therefore avoiding common allergens such as dairy, wheat, dust mites and pollens may not make any difference to the skin at all.  If you are not sure if you have atopic dermatitis, your qualified health practitioner can order tests which can confirm this for you.

Patient Age – The age of the eczema sufferer is also relevant.  Studies have shown that children under the age of 5 are more likely to have food allergies than adult patients, who are more likely to have aeroallergens such as dust and pollens.  Those with early onset eczema (from infancy) are also at a higher risk of related allergies such as asthma and hay fever, than those who developed eczema later on in life. There for your age can not only determine if you will have allergy triggers but which ones they are more likely to be.

Acute or Chronic – Research has shown that acute forms of eczema have different immunological drivers to chronic eczema and therefore, should be treated differently. Acute eczema is often very sensitive and reactive, whereas chronic eczema tend to have a higher tolerance to treatments.

Now that you understand that eczema can have many different presentations and treatments, ask yourself this…Have you been prescribed a different treatment depending on the type of eczema you have, or the stage of your flare?

If the answer is no, then you are not getting the treatment you deserve. If you would like an individualized approach to the treatment of your eczema, see here

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