By: Taylor Hedrick
Is Eczema a fungus? No!
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, in no way related to fungus. Fungal infections respond quickly to good hygiene, dry conditions, and antifungal creams.
Antifungal creams will not treat eczema!
Some of the features may be similar but eczema and fungal conditions are very different. Consult your doctor if you are unsure what your rash is.
The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema
Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled
If you let eczema go without treatment, it could start to hurt (sting, burn when taken a shower, stink, it could start looking like the picture above).
Doctors are very sure of what cause eczema.
The current thinking is that eczema is caused by a combination of factors that include:
- abnormal function of the immune system
- activities that may cause skin to be more sensitive
- defects in the skin barrier that allow moisture out and germs in
Eczema is not contagious. You or your children can't catch eczema by coming in contact with someone who has it.
Eczema runs in families. That suggests a genetic role in eczema's development. A major risk factor is having relatives who have or had:
- seasonal allergies such as hay fever
Doctors also know that a large percentage of children with severe eczema will later develop asthma or other allergies.
This is Rachel Anderson. She is the lady who first discovered eczema.
"I remember when I first saw the telltale signs of eczema on my son, Samuel - when he was just 9 years old.
I could've cried. Not just because he was itchy, irritable and suffering, but because what would inevitably happen later in his life - just like it did when it happened to me"
Rachel Anderson had eczema when she was young. She always got made fun of because people thought that it was contagious.
"In the beginning, it cropped up in common places like my elbows and wrists. I could hide behind long sleeves in the winter - but it wasn't long before summer rolled around and shorts, t-shirts and sandals.
And that's when you'd hear the whispers. The gossip. The questionable looks from teachers and other parents who wondered if you were getting abused at home for all the red, irritable patches on your skin that looked like someone punched you straight in the face." Said Rachel
Eczema can also:
- Disrupt your sleep
- Disrupt your child's sleep and make them tired and grumpy the next day
- Disrupt school or work
- Stop a child doing their best at school
- Force you to miss work and other things because you have to go to the doctor
- Make family life stressful at times.
People with eczema, especially children, may get upset about how their skin looks. Older children especially, who are more aware of their appearance, may worry about this. And you may not be able to take part in sport such as swimming. The chlorine in swimming pools makes some people's eczema worse. Also, some people may feel too embarrassed about how their skin looks to go swimming.
These are the worst things to use on your skin if you have eczema:
no propylene glycol
no color or dyes
no (sls) sodium laureth sulfate
no (capb) cocamidopropyl betaine
One of the best cures for eczema is Aveeno. Such as oils, lotions, body washes.
Now you know that eczema isn't contagious.