Eczema (or dermatitis) refers to a group of chronic inflammatory skin disorder that primarily involve the epidermis. Common characteristics of eczema include your skin looking dry, swollen, and red.
What is Eczema?
What are the signs of Eczema?
The signs and symptoms of eczema may include:
Dry, red, inflamed skin lesions that appear on face, neck, chest, elbows and knees
Itching and/or oozing and crusting of lesions
Blistering of skin
Painful skin, with stinging or burning
Scaling of areas of skin that are scratched frequently
What are the causes of Eczema?
Eczema is caused by a combination of factors like dry skin, environmental setting, and bacteria on the skin. It’s often genetic, as people with eczema tend to have a family history of eczema, allergies, or asthma. Other triggers that cause skin flare ups include:
Poor gut health
How do I know if I have Eczema?
If you have symptoms of dermatitis, your doctor can make a diagnosis by examining your skin. They may also request the following tests:
Allergy panel IgA, IgE, IgG and inhalants (blood)
GI Mapping stool test