Eczema, a chronically itchy skin disease diagnosed in childhood, can cause asthma and is a risk factor for smoking, obesity, and alcoholism in adults. It’s estimated that around 35million Americans have eczema.
Eczema affects around ten percent of the American population. Inflicting them with patches of extremely itchy, dry, inflamed skin. When scratched, the patches of skin and sores may become infected. Eczema may also play a role in other diseases like asthma by causing inflammation in the lungs and airways. Adults with eczema have a higher chance of smoking, alcoholism, and obesity. These negative behaviors are a result on the emotional toll eczema has on it’s patients, people who get it as a child have to deal with it all throughout their adolescent years, it puts quite a strain on their self-esteem. People with eczema are at a higher risk of obesity because sweat and heat can begin the itch would they would do anything to avoid.
There is no known cause of eczema, but there are many ideas as to how it’s triggered, including genetics. With no known cause there is no known cure for eczema. Treatment depends on the severity of the symptoms, but one of the best ways to treat eczema is to just take good care of and moisturize your skin. Some over-the-counter topical ointments and oral medications can help reduce the redness and swelling associated with eczema.
So to recap, eczema is I chronic itchy skin disease usually diagnosed during childhood. With no cause and no cure, adults with eczema can have other diseases like asthma and are at a higher risk of obesity, alcoholism and low self-esteem.
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