Got itchy skin? It might be Eczema

Introduction

Does your skin itch and become inflamed from time to time? Does it itch so bad that you feel like scratching it until your skin is damaged? This might be eczema.
Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis, which is commonly seen in children, but it can occur in adults too. Eczema can be controlled well if you seek medical attention. Unfortunately it is not curable, as it recurs from time to time even after complete remission.

What is Eczema?

Eczema derives from the Greek word “boil”. It accounts for a large proportion of skin disease in the developed as well as the developing world. It is estimated that Eczema affects about 16.5 million adults and more than 9.6 million children in USA. Up to 40% of the population may suffer from eczema during their life time and at any given time, about 10% of the population may have some form of eczema. It can have a vast impact on the quality of life of an individual who suffers from eczema, if it is not properly controlled.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition which may have several flares and remissions. In most eczema patients there are periods when the skin condition is worse, which is called a flare or exacerbation. It is followed by periods of skin improvements or entire clear up which is known as remission.
Eczema usually begins between of 2 -3 months of age. It commonly starts during childhood and continues in to adulthood. Some individuals may go in to total remission during their teenage years. Although eczema usually starts in childhood, adults may get it for the first time which is known as adult onset eczema.
The good news is that Eczema is not contagious and you cannot spread it to someone by touch. It is not associated with poor hygiene.

What are the common signs and symptoms of Eczema?

There are some symptoms which are common to all types of eczema.
• Dry scaly skin
• Redness and inflammation
• Itching – This can be intense. Usually it is more severe at night
Eczema is also referred to as ‘The itch that rashes’, because you may start your rash initially with itching. Your rash may develop or worsen with itching.

The other symptoms are;
• Chronic and persistent or repeatedly occurring symptoms
• The location of the rash is characteristic which is typical of eczema – commonly hands, wrists, inside elbows and knees, feet, ankles, upper chest and eye lids
• Dry and sensitive skin
• Associated oozing and crusting especially in wet eczema
• Swelling of lesions due to edema and inflammation
• Habitual scratching making the skin lesions thick and leathery
• Dark and discolored patches on skin

Why does your Eczema itch?

Itching is a symptom that almost all patients with eczema experience. It is usually ongoing day and night. Itching is the worst symptom according to most individuals. It can be so intense and may never go away.
Eczema flares can be frequently triggered by the ‘Itch –scratch cycle’. As itching leads to scratching, it can result in release of inflammatory mediators that develop the eczema and make your skin further dry. Eczema flares and dry skin may lead to more itching and the cycle continues.

Itching may occur due to many reasons, such as;
• Defective skin barrier in eczema
• External triggers
• Human nature – how you feel the itch and how well you can control the urge to scratch
• Sweating and perspiration induce itching and aggravate your eczema
Itching is a complex symptom in eczema and it is related to both physical and psychological causes. Many patients with eczema claim that it is impossible to resist the urge to scratch, when told to do so.

Does Eczema run in families?

Eczema can run in families. It is an atopic condition which may associate with other atopic conditions like Hay fever (Allergic rhinitis), allergic conjunctivitis or bronchial asthma. Genetic inheritance of allergic conditions is known as atopy. Atopy is linked with increased immune response to common allergens like inhaled allergens or certain foods.
Usually you may find a family history of one or more of these conditions suffered by a family member or a close relative.

What are the causes of Eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown. Following factors may play a role;
• Your genes
• Immune system dysfunction
• If you have dry skin
• Factors that make your skin dry and sensitive to infection and irritants
Eczema occurs when the natural barrier of your skin is weakened. When this happens your skin is unable to protect you against various allergens and irritants. Eczema may be caused by a combination of factors.
There are certain factors which can trigger your eczema, such as;
• Irritants -wool, soap, detergents
• Allergens –Inhaled allergens like pollen, dust mites and ingested allergens like certain foods
• Heat and sweating
• Emotional stress

Can you manage your eczema?

You can try these remedies at home to control eczema and to prevent getting flares.
• Avoid scratching – Scratching worsens your eczema. Cover the itchy areas if you find it difficult to avoid scratching. Covering your rash with a bandage will not only prevent scratching, but will protect your skin too.
Trim the nails of children with eczema, to reduce the skin damage by scratching. Get them to wear gloves or anti-scratch mittens to prevent unintentional scratching especially at night.

• Use a mild, fragrance free soap when washing your skin. Pat dry with a soft towel. Do not wipe hard or rub your skin. Avoid strong soaps and detergents as they can worsen your eczema.

• Warm baths – Sprinkle your bath water with colloidal oat meal or baking soda. Soak your body for 15 minutes and pat dry.

• Moisturize your skin well and keep it hydrated – Use a good emollient regularly to moisturize your skin. Choose one which is alcohol and paraben free with minimal fragrance. Look for ingredients such as aqueous cream, Dimethicone, glycerol, Argon oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter and Lanolin oil when selecting a moisturizer. Choose an emollient that is suitable for your skin type.

• Apply your moisturizer after a bath when the skin is still damp. Damp skin absorbs and locks in the moisture well.

• Identify and avoid the triggers that is known to worsen your eczema.
Ex: Certain food items, Pollen, dust, excessive sweating and heat, strong soaps and detergents.
Identify them early and avoid. Avoid wool and tight, scratchy or rough clothing. Wear cooling clothes with smooth texture to minimize your skin irritation. When you are going out in hot weather or during your work outs, wear appropriate clothing to prevent excessive sweating.

• Manage your stress – practice relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation. Try to get quality sleep. Poor sleep can worsen your stress and make you less functional during day time

• Eat a balanced, healthy diet and void food triggers.

Are there any over the counter (OTC) products which you can use for Eczema?

OTC creams such as Hydrocortisone can be applied topically, which is a mild steroid.
Antihistamines like Cetirizine (Zyrtec),Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin),Fexofenadine (Allegra),Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or Chlorpheniramine which are available over the counter can be used to reduce your itching. Make sure that the dose and the frequency of administration is correct when using any OTC medication.
Above home remedies and self- care measures can control your rash, relieve your itching and prevent new out breaks of eczema to a certain extent.

When should you seek help?

If your itching or rash doesn’t go away on its own or with home remedies you use or if it interferes with your day to day life or disturbs your sleep, it is time to see your doctor or a dermatologist. Look for any signs of infection such as red streaks or pus or even fever associated with your eczema.
Until you meet a dermatologist maintain a diary, so that it may be helpful to your doctor to identify what triggers your eczema. You can include;

1. Your diet – anything different you consumed
2. The skin products, make up and soaps you use
3. If you come in to contact with chemicals, detergents and other irritants
4. Activities you do – walk or jog outside where there is pollen or dust, swimming in chlorinated pools
5. Your bathing or showering patterns
6. Whether you are under stress

This diary will also help you to notice any connections between your eczema flare up and your activities, so that you can avoid such activities.
How will your doctor treat your eczema?
After taking the history and examination of your skin, your doctor will diagnose eczema clinically. Lab tests are usually not needed for diagnosis. Sometimes your doctor may perform a patch test to exclude skin conditions such as contact dermatitis.
Your doctor may have to try numerous treatments for months or even years until your eczema gets controlled. However, even after successful control you may get a sudden flare. Your doctor will advise you on how to identify and avoid triggers of eczema in order to prevent a flare.
You already know that regular moisturizing control your eczema. However, moisturizing per se is not adequate for effective control.

Your doctor will suggest some of the following treatments to control your eczema:

Best suitable emollient to moisturize your skin – If your skin is very dry, your doctor will prescribe an ointment. Ointments are very effective in keeping moisture of your skin. As ointments contain the most oil, they are greasy. A cream or a lotion will be adequate for less dry skin. Moisturizing should be done twice a day. A cream is more suitable to apply during day time. Since ointments are greasier you may apply them at night. Creams can sting more than ointments.
These prescribed creams or ointments not only treat your eczema, but also control your itching. They will improve your rash by repairing the damaged skin.

Some of the prescribed creams and ointments are;

Corticosteroid creams or ointments – After moisturizing your skin, apply a thin layer on the eczematous lesions. Your doctor will direct you regarding the frequency of application. It may be once or twice a day. Corticosteroids control inflammation therefore, redness of your skin and swelling will reduce.
Example:

     Hydrocortisone – for lesions in your face, neck and other sensitive regions
     Betamethasone – more potent steroid
     Mometasone – effective corticosteroid with less side effects
     Clobetasol – used for eczema on hands and feet, thick lesions

Moisturize first before applying the medicated creams, as it will help better penetration of your skin. Once the initial lesions are controlled, you can use topical corticosteroids less frequently, to prevent a flare. Do not overuse corticosteroids as they can lead tothinning of your skin.

Calcineurin inhibitors
Example:

    Tacrolimus (protopic),
    Pimecrolimus (Elidel)

Calcineurin inhibitors act by affecting your immune response. They are useful to treat eczema in sensitive areas and for lesions which do not respond to other treatments. After moisturizing your skin, apply as directed by your doctor. Avoid strong sun light when using calcineurin inhibitors. It is safe to use them in anyone above the age of 2 years.

For severe eczema your doctor may prescribe oral medications to fight inflammation and to control your symptoms.

• Oral corticosteroids – If your eczema is severe, your doctor will prescribe oral corticosteroids.
Ex: a course of oral prednisolone
Although they are effective, they cannot be used for long periods because of the potential side effects like osteoporosis and high blood pressure that can be serious.

• Medications to fight infection – If your eczema is associated with a bacterial infection an antibiotic cream will be added. If your infection is severe with pus discharge and fever, a short course of oral antibiotics will be prescribed.

• Antihistamines – Ex: Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Fexofenadine (Allegra), diphenhydramine
Antihistaminesare prescribed to control itching. Anti-itch medications may cause drowsiness. Therefore, use them before you go to bed.

• Dupilumab (Dupixent) – This is a new option for treating severe Eczema.
Dupilumabis an injectable biologic (monoclonal antibody) that is recently approved by the FDA. It is used in people with severe eczema who do not respond well to other medications. Dupilumab is an expensive drug. It is safe when used as directed. More studies are needed to identify the benefits of this medication.

Following therapies can be combined with the medications;

• Wet wraps – The affected region is wrapped with emollients, corticosteroids and wet bandages. This is shown to be effective in those with severe eczema. Since wet wrapping can be too intensive to do at home for patients with wide spread eczema, they are done at hospital setting. This requires good nursing care and expertise. However, if you are competent enough, you may do wet wrapping at home once you learn the proper technique.

• Light therapy – Phototherapy with artificial Ultra violet Alight (UVA) or narrow band ultra violet B light (NB- UVB) can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. You may try exposing your skin to natural sun light as light therapy but in controlled amounts.
Light therapy is beneficial in patients who do not respond to topical treatments or for those who get frequent flares.

• Dietary modifications – Certain dietary changes will be suggested by your doctor if your history suggests food triggers. Foods like cow’s milk, eggs, soy can trigger symptoms or lead to flares. If your doctor suspects a food allergy, you may be referred to a dietician to modify your diet.

• Behavior modification and other relaxation techniques –to keep your stress under control and to help those with habitual scratching.

• Counselling – Talk to your therapist or a counsellor for emotional support if you suffer from persistent eczema.

Eczema may be stressful especially for adolescents and young adults. It can disturb your sleep and disrupt your day to day routines. Long standing eczema may even lead to depression in some patients. Family members of patients with eczema can also face various emotional, social and financial difficulties. Never fight eczema alone. You can seek emotional support from support groups, counsellors, family and friends.

Take home message….
Eczema can be persistent. You may need various medications along with self- care measures for a long time to get it under control. Even after successful treatment, eczema can recur.

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/symptoms-causes/syc-20353273
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353279
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/atopic-eczema/
https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

Eczema FAQ

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic skin condition characterized by red, dry and cracked skin accompanied with an itchy rash. Though eczema affects all age groups, it is more prevalent in babies especially children under the age of 5 years. In most of the cases, the condition in babies improves and goes into permanent remission by the time the child celebrates its 12th birthday. However, some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout their life. In some individuals, the condition directly appears in adulthood.

What Causes Eczema?

Though the exact cause is not clearly known, researchers believe that unusual interaction and a combination of genetic and environmental factors cause eczema. Skin barrier dysfunction being one of the precursors of eczema, the human microbiome is also known to play a role in eczema.

How does Eczema look like?

The appearance of eczema depends upon its severity it may appear dry and flaky when eczema is mild and can change into extreme red and hot in severe conditions. In some cases, extreme conditions may also result in blisters. All eczema condition itches with the intensity of itch varying from mild to intense depending upon the condition.

What are the first signs of Eczema?

Usually, the first symptom of eczema is intense itching, which on scratching turns into rashes. Red bumps may then start to appear which may turn into blisters as the condition worsens.

Who gets Eczema?

It usually starts in childhood and may continue into adulthood. It can occur in adulthood for the first time, which is called adult-onset eczema. Even the elderly can suffer from eczema. Eczema affects all age groups but it is more prevalent in babies especially children under the age of 5 years. During your lifetime, it can cause several flares and remissions, or it may go into total remission during the teenage years. It is estimated that in the US alone 35 million people are affected by eczema wherein 70% of the cases start under five years of age.

Can Eczema go away?

In most of the cases, the condition in babies improves and goes into permanent remission by the time the child celebrates its 12th birthday. However, some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout their life. In some individuals, the condition directly appears in adulthood.

Remember a well-controlled Eczema is as good as normal skin.

Why Eczema worsens at night?

There is a difference in the biological cycle of the body during the day and night times. During night-time, there is an increase in blood flow and body temperature which warms the skin. Warm skin can cause you to itch more. Another reason is that during daytime the itching sensation gets distracted by other activities that keep you busy. Whereas in the night there is no distraction. Also, the effect of moisturizer applied during the daytime withers by the night.

Which foods should be avoided in Eczema?

There are some common foods that act as culprits to worsen your eczema. But it’s important to remember that everyone is different and not everyone will experience the same issues with the same food listed. Few of the common food that causes eczema flares are Gluten, Nuts, Soy Products, Eggs, Dairy, Citrus Fruits, Peanuts, Shellfish, Spices. Tomatoes etc. It is better to contact a professional allergist to determine one’s triggers.

What are Triggers?

Triggers are nothing but your day to day materials in the environment which causes you to have an allergic reaction and trigger an eczema flare-up. Identifying the triggers and avoiding them play a vital role in preventing the eczema flares. There are several methods that can help you identify and track your eczema triggers.

Which Triggers causes eczema flares?

Some of the examples for trigger factors include pollen, dust, smoking, fabric dyes, certain foods, additives and preservatives, some beauty products house hold products like strong soaps, detergents, rough fabric such as wool etc. It may also include body factors like excessive sweating or mental factor such as stress. You might observe that, contact with some of these triggers may have a link with your eczema. If you identify triggers the best is to avoid them.

What are the stages of Eczema?

Based on the evolution of the inflammation and duration of the disease, eczema is classified into 3 stages – Acute, Subacute and Chronic. Clinically eczema conditions can start at any stage and it also gets evolved from one stage to another. For e.g. a rash may start at the acute stage, move to subacute, and then to chronic.

What is an Eczema flare?

When the symptoms of Eczema is at the peak. The skin gets inflammation with redness, scales, and bumps that can leak fluid causing an intense itch this is called an eczema flare or flare-up. It is nothing but the worsening condition of Eczema. It may come and go, most of the time it’s the triggers that cause eczema flares.

Why is Eczema itchy?

An “itch that rashes” is what eczema is referred to many times. In eczema, the origin of itch lies in the skin. As we know that the people suffering from eczema are super sensitive, their immune response becomes hyper for even a small encounter. This interaction stimulates the nerve ending called C fibers which lies in the top layer of the epidermis. This nerve ending, in turn, stimulates the nerve fiber sending a signal to the brain resulting in itch.

 Is Vaseline good for Eczema?

Though Vaseline (petroleum jelly) cannot heal eczema directly, it can help in improving dry skin conditions. It protects, soothes, and repairs dry, cracked skin also prevents loss of water from the skin by locking the moisture.  In eczema, it’s very important that the product you use is compatible with your skin. Check with your physician start with very little amount only in a limited area to check if it suits your skin.

Does sweating cause Eczema flare?

Yes, too much sweating aggravates eczema symptoms. The mechanism of sweating is to regulate body temperature. When our body temperature rises, we get sweaty, when this sweat gets in contact with air it evaporates, cooling us down. As the sweat evaporates, the skin dries leaving behind a salty residue that can irritate eczema skin resulting in itching causing eczema flare.

How to take bath in Eczema?

Eczema skin is poor in retaining moisture hence it is advised to take bath in lukewarm water rather than hot water. Because hot water may give a temporary soothing effect but may raise the temperature of your skin which ultimately results in loss of moisture.

What is bleach bath?

As the name suggests a bath with a small amount of bleach added to the water is called as bleach bath. Such a Bath can help in reducing the symptoms of chronic eczema by killing bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness, and scaling. This is most effective when combined with other eczema treatments, such as medication and moisturizer. Not more than ¼ – ½ cup of common 5% household bleach to be added to a bathtub full of water (40 gallons). Soak the affected part of your skin for about 10 minutes. Do not repeat more than twice a week.

Eczema resource center

Table of Content

Eczema is a chronic skin condition marked by red, itch, scaly, and inflamed skin. It is estimated that in the US alone eczema affects 35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children. 

Eczema is not fatal but can severely affect the quality of living for sufferers. There is no known complete cure for Eczema but one can manage it effectively but the right approach of treatment. 

Since Eczema is not considered a fatal disease it receives lesser attention from government health care plans and policies. It’s up to the sufferers to find for themselves the support they look for.

Moreover suffering from eczema also affects the self-confidence and, in some case, become victims of social bullying. 

In this article, we bring you different resources in the digital world where you can seek information share your thoughts and gain some useful knowledge to effectively manage your eczema. These groups are mostly non-profitable and aim to support Eczema sufferers with information and knowledge about living with Eczema and the various available treatments. 

Websites 

Eczema Website

The below-mentioned websites can be thoroughly followed for various information regarding eczema right from what is eczema, symptoms, treatments to advance research that is been undergoing.

1) American Academy of Dermatology and Association

American Academy of Dermatology

Founded in 1938 the American Academy of Dermatology, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. It is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. 

One can find a quality resource about eczema in their dedicated eczema center page containing different sections related to eczema.

2) WebMD 

webmd

WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. They provide credible information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you

WebMD expertise lies in: 

  • Health news for the public 
  • Creating and maintaining up-to-date medical reference content databases 
  • Medical imagery, graphics, and animation 
  • Communities 
  • Live web events 
  • User experience 
  • Interactive tools 

One can find details and advances in the field of eczema too in WebMD which is dedicated to the itchy condition.

3)  DermNet NZ  

dermnet nz

Owned by the DermNet New Zealand Trust, DermNet NZ has become a world-renowned resource all about the skin.  It is frequently updated to provide information about the skin via any desktop or mobile web browser.

Supported by New Zealand Dermatologists on behalf of the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated its mission to make authoritative information about the skin accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

You can visit their atopic dermatitis page to know more about eczema and get the latest updates for the disease 

4) National Eczema Association 

Naturally Monalisa

NEA provides people with eczema the information they need to best manage their condition, while fast-tracking research towards better treatments and a cure. 

With a mission to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through Information, research, support, recommendations, and education. 

Blogs 

Eczema Blogs

when blogs began back in the early 1990s, It was more like to maintain a personal diary or to jot down personal stiffs that were easily shared with others in the emerging world of the internet. But later people found to be a good mode of communication where you can convey your information to the mass at a time.

Bloggers write blogs on selective niche and eczema is one of them within the skincare domain. Many bloggers share their personal experience with eczema either who themselves have it or their loved one like kids suffering from eczema.

Another category is people who are experts in this field and provide advice to the eczema sufferers in terms of diet, eczema care products, and care routine activities. 

Below we are presenting some top eczema blog sites for you to look at.

1) Eczema Conquerors

Eczema Conquerors

Another eczema site by a successful nutritionist who herself transformed from severe eczema to living a normal life. Abby is a holistic nutritionist who came up with her own mantras to clear eczema. 

She not only shares her experience about eczema and how she overcome it but also the products she used and gives a group coaching for people suffering from eczema.

2) Battle Eczema 

Battle Eczema

Suffering from Eczema since her birth the owner of this blogsite Sou has undergone every possible condition that any eczema sufferers might have come across. Finally, when she came to the conclusion best course of action in fighting this skin condition is figuring your own way of maintaining Eczema.

In her blogs, she shares her experience on how to maintain eczema and live a better life with eczema

3) I have Eczema 

I Have Eczema

Jenny, an eczema sufferer has created this blog. The main intention being to help create awareness about severe eczema, explain the people, the pain that an eczema sufferer goes through on a daily basis, and to hopefully give solace to the people suffering from these severe conditions. Eczema can be debilitating and is recognized as a chronic illness.

4) Eczema Life
Eczema Life

Professionally a nutritionist Karen, founded eczema life AustraliaBeing a mom of an eczema baby triggered Karen to design an eczema diet with all her expertise in Nutritional biochemistry which leads to the foundation of this eczema life. 

Eczema Life was created to help people with skin rashes including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, and TSW/red skin syndrome.

5) Itchy Little world

Itchy Little World

Started by an eczema mom of two Jennifer, Itchy Little World features natural remedies for eczema and related disorders. The mompreneur shares information based on her family’s experience in battling eczema and related conditions using an integrative approach.

The blog site also features eczema related news and stories from guest bloggers and industry professionals so that the readers have current updates about eczema.

6) Itchin since 87
Itchin Since 87

Ashley, the quite creative in how she portrays her eczema journeyyou might have come to know the way she named her website. Ashley in her blogs gives a clear picture of things she experienced, the reality of living a life with eczema and formulae’s that worked for her.

The blog highlights the author’s skin condition atopic dermatitis (eczema) with a motto to relate to the experience of the people suffering from eczema so that they do not feel alone in this journey fighting with eczema. 

7) Beczema 

beczema

Named one of the top eczema blogs in 2018 Rebecca is the founder of Beczema. Rebecca shares her personal experience of a life of living with eczema as information on this website. 

She believes that eczema is inextricably linked to the way one feels. Feeling stressed and low can bring on a flare-up and a flare-up can make a person feel stressed and low. She is well versed with this experience of unbroken bad mood = bad skin and vice versa cycle which she addresses in her blogs.

8) Eczema Holistic Healing

Eczema Holistic Healing

Jen the eczema warrior created this site in order to share her experience of holistic healing from eczema. She does so by and her blog revolves around, withdrawing from topical steroids, and adopting a healthy lifestyle and a plant-based diet

Jen’s hope for this website is to share great information and spread the word to those in need of a new health model to take control of their lives.  She is on a mission to bring awareness to topical steroid addiction.

9) Eczema Blues
Eczema Blues

Eczema Blues started as a blog by Mei aka Marcie Mom, with the mission to turn eczema blues to bliss. It is inspired by Marcie who had eczema from two weeks old and discovering how difficult it was to find helpful information for parents, Marcie Mom set out to build a practical yet light-hearted blog that would be a parent’s companion

10) My Eczema Skincare Blogs
My eczema skin care Blog

Suffering from Eczema’s whole life, Selina started this blog which is all about her experiences with eczema: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 
She shares her emotional ups and downs, skins ups and downs, and all which is related to her eczema. The aim is to manage eczema without steroids and to share it with those out there trying to fight this. This is a blog about a REAL eczema sufferer.

Further, you can find a list of eczema blogs in Feedspot’s Top 20 Eczema Blogs, which is by far the most comprehensive list of eczema blogs on the internet. 

YouTube channels

Eczema youtube channels

One of the most popular ways to seek information in the current digital world is youtube videos. Irrespective of topics it one of the most popular video streaming sites and apps that serves ease to both people who want to share their content and for the people who seek it. 

Unlike other sources due to the video, people are more engaged to it, and information shared via it is more reachable. Let us check out some of the popular youtube channels that you want to subscribe to know about eczema.  

1) Beauty of Eczema

The Healthy skin show

Camille Knowles the owner of the channel is a qualified Health Coach and Natural Chef. She is also the proud founder of The Beauty of Eczema. Camille is on a mission to share her wisdom and guide others in living a fulfilled life beyond eczema.

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYiLh8TMfLn3f_7mcifqhMg 

2) Eczema Exposed
Eczema Exposed

You’ll discover a variety of videos related to atopic dermatitis in this channel, whether that be patient testimonials, emerging sciences for atopic dermatitis, and overall awareness of this disease. The channel is intended for U.S. audiences, including patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM7CZ-UvEUXbXAnvbOCBFZA 

3) Eczema Healing
Eczema Holistic Healing

The channel owner Greg is a skin health coach giving advice on the basis of his experience with eczema in his life. In his program, the complete guide to healing eczema, the former sufferer of chronic eczema walks with you on the path to complete health, from your bones right to your outer epidermis. 

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWP6W6Rkt7_vXWKPMztPVDg 

4) Naturally MonaLisa

Naturally Monalisa

The Channel owner MonaLisa addresses the people with eczema with her experiences and products which found helpful for curing and managing eczema symptoms

The channel focusses on two things 
1) Using natural non-toxic products to treat and prevent eczema flare-ups.
2) Sharing my experience being biracial, and my goal of learning Mandarin, Spanish, and a 5th language over the next 10-12 years.
 

Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCni2Kh8AmdHWXE071qVn6bg  

5) National Eczema Association 
Naturally Monalisa

NEA improves the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support, and education. The channel contains videos addressing different subjects of eczema as well as opinion on it from different field experts

Channel Link:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NationalEczema 

Podcasts 

Podcasts are easy to absorb as you just have to plug in the episode you want to listen and you can do it along with other work like driving or cooking etc. It is an episodic series which a user can download to a personal device for easy listening or listen by streaming it on the internet. Podcasts which is specifically addressing health are addressed by field experts sharing tips and advice that required to take care of the health condition. Listed below are the few most popular Podcasts addressing eczema.

1) The Eczema Podcast 

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Founded by Abby, the Eczema Podcast is a podcast dedicated to sharing natural eczema remedies and tools to encourage healing. It is focused on and to help strengthen your mindset.

Expert practitioners including skin experts, nutritionists, dermatologists, behavioral specialists, and much more are invited in the podcast to share their deep knowledge and benefit the listeners

https://www.eczemaconquerors.com/eczema-podcast/

2) The Healthy Skin Show

The Healthy Show Podcast

 

The Clinical nutritionist, skin rash expert, and eczema warrior Jennifer Fugo explores alternative ways to look at your frustrating skin conditions.

Each episode tackles a wide range of chronic skin rash issues including (but not limited to) eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo, and seborrheic dermatitis.

with more than 150 episodes you can listen to it from the link below

https://www.skinterrupt.com/listen/ 

Facebook Groups

Eczema Facebook groups

Facebook groups are a place to communicate about shared interests with like-minded people. The best part is that when a group is private only the member can view the postSo, it is comfortable for people to share their experiences or images which are otherwise uncomfortable to share in common space. In the group, all people may have a common problem so you may gain and share your personal experiences that may benefit you and others. The following are some of the top eczema groups where you can join share your experiences and gain information from other posts.

1) Eczema Support Group (My Eczema)

Created on Jan 2017 with more than 40k+ members, this 3-year-old group is one of the most popular eczema group on Facebook where members post their queries to get answers and share their experiences. It is a private group you can join the group by sending a request to Join

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyEczema/ 

2) Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema 

An Atopic Dermatitis group to discuss topics only related to eczema was created in March 2012 has 6200+ members. It is a quite alive and interactive group to share and gain experiences.  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/274223005988186/ 

3Eczema Triggers, Cures, Diets and Natural Remedies Research Group 

The group revolves around discovering eczema triggers and the possible cure to curb eczema and its related symptoms.  Created on March 2010 the group is intended to talk about probiotics, rotation-elimination diet, paleo diet, ketogenic diet, fecal microbiota transplant, vitamins, minerals, unrefined sea salt, water cure, salt cure, etc. Again it’s a Private group with 3k + members.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eczemacure/

4Baby and Childhood Eczema Support Group

It is a support group for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and young children with eczema. It can be a frustrating minefield trying to find information and this group is a safe place to share tips and ideas regarding diet, skin and laundry products, associated allergies, mainstream or natural treatments, etc.  

The key to things to understand that not everything will work for everyone but the group emphasizes sharing, empathizing, and make suggestions so it’s not such a lonely battle. The Group was  created on September 2015 with currently 27.5k members 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/893822887366252/ 

5) Dr. Aron Eczema Treatment Discussion Group 

Though this group is an eczema discussion group the discussion is limited to the eczema treatment by Dr. Aron eczema treatment method. With more than 62.5k members the group brings together patients since March 2014, undergoing the Aron Regimen (AR) for the treatment of eczema and those who are interested in becoming a patient.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/draron

Reddit groups 

Eczema reddit

Reddit is a vast network of communities that are created, run, and populated by the people that us the users, by creating the communities, one can post, comment, vote, discuss, learn, debate, support, and connect with people who share same interests.

Every community on Reddit is defined by its users. Some of these users help manage the community as moderators. The culture of each community is shaped explicitly, by the community rules enforced by moderators, and implicitly, by the upvotes, downvotes, and discussions of its community members. 

It behaves little differently from Facebook groups like it has an option to downvote a particular post too and it creates the feed and multiple threads within the postYou can find below Reddit groups associated with eczema to share and gain experiences ask queries and give your opinions on other 

1) r/eczema (Our skin is a window to our Type 2 immune system) 

It is the most populated eczema group in Reddit created in May 2010 in the Reddit with 30k members sharing their experiences, opinions asking questions, and giving suggestions to others. 

Joining link: https://www.reddit.com/r/eczema/

2) r/EczemaCures (Natural Eczema Remedies) 

This group talks about eczema and focuses on ways to heal it naturally without steroids. You can also talk about organic eczema creams that work best for your issues and why you think they are helping you heal. The group has a strength of 1.7k members which was created in October 2018

Joining link: https://www.reddit.com/r/EczemaCures/

3) r/eczeMABs (Monoclonal AntiBody (MAB) therapies for atopic dermatitis) 

The group is specific to the discussion about biologics and monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) for atopic dermatitis. Users can share their experiences if they have used any or pose a question related to the topic to seek any advice. The group has 1.3k members and was created in October 2018 

Joining link: https://www.reddit.com/r/eczeMABs/ 

4) r/EczemaDiet (eating right for your skin) 

One of the oldest eczema groups in the Reddit created in May 2012 but is less active than other eczema groups. The group has 208 members and is focused on diet-related to eczema 

Joining link: https://www.reddit.com/r/EczemaDiet/ 

Mobile Apps

Eczema App

Managing chronic eczema is like a full-time job, to check severity, track triggers, avoid the itchiness, inflammation, and skin irritation that happens when your symptoms flare-up.  Everyone’s triggers are different, but yours may include allergens, irritants, heat, stress, food intolerances, and dry environmental conditions.

Though it’s tough but not undoable, and in this advanced technology world one may need not to fight this battle against eczema unarmed. There are certain apps that can help you get better control over your eczema symptoms. A handful of helpful ones are listed below.

1) Eczemaless

Eczemaless is a holistic AI-based eczema managing app that helps in managing eczema effectively by strict adherence to the care routine. The app helps to track his / her activities and treatment actions to ensure that the Care-plan which s/he is following is effective. EczemaLess allows the user to find the right correlation between Triggers, Eczema severity, and the care plan. 

Check eczema score merely by clicking an image of the affected area and get insights on how your Eczema, trends, over a period of time, and how various triggers exacerbate the problem and which treatment regimen helps. Compare your current condition with the previous using graphs and check different parameters in the same period. 

Generate a Summary report about how your Eczema has been doing, you can decide to share this with your Dermatologist or Physician who can determine if you are a candidate for Biologics like Dupixent or non-steroidal topical medication like Eucrisa.

Download: App store (IOS)    Google Play (Android) 

2) Eczema tracker
eczema tracker app

The app allows you to snap a photo of flare-ups. so you can see how your condition is progressing, as well as track and analyze a wealth of information relating to your allergies, triggers, and skin. 

Local pollen, weather, mold, and humidity updates can help you to anticipate what’s ahead for your skin. The app also uses your data to find trends that could lead to flare-ups. 

Eczema Tracker is only available for iOS in the Apple Store. 

Download: App Store (IOS)

3) SkyMD

SkyMD app

It’s a telemedicine app that allows you to submit images of your skin to a dermatologist so you can receive treatment (including prescriptions) and skin-care regimens

You can download the app on your phone or access it on your computer for free, but you must pay for a virtual consultation and diagnosis. Payment varies depending on the doctor and your insurance coverage.

Download: App Store (IOS GooglePlay (Android), or SkyMD.

4) iControl Eczema 

I control eczema app

This app is aimed and kids suffering from eczema. The app allows your child to track how they feel each day using emoticons on a happiness scale, describe their skin-care regimen, add notes, snap photos of their skin, and then look at the trends over time. This information can be shown to a doctor. The app also allows kids to set reminders to moisturize.

Download  App Store (IOS)  GooglePlay (Android) 

5)  Cara Care 

Cara Care app

The app focuses on the diet part of the condition. I. Although it is primarily intended for people with gastrointestinal issues, it also allows you to report on the condition of your skin.   

It takes a similar approach to personal food-symptom tracking. You enter the information about your food intake, about what you eat and when, and what problems you are having. The app allows you to then discover patterns in what you eat and the occurrence of your symptoms. 

You can then use that information in consultation with your healthcare provider. This allows you to identify any food triggers that might be causing your eczema to flare similarly it is a helpful tool if you are planning for an elimination diet. 

Download App Store (IOS)  Google Play (Android) 

Conclusion: 

So that’s all from us wherein we tried to produce before you a holistic article containing important resources related to eczema. We hope that this helps in improving the lives of people with eczema and their caregivers.

If you think that we have missed out on an important resource you are always welcome to recommend us, if we find it really helpful we shall definitely add to the list. You can reach us via email, or social media channels.