If you have chronically dry skin or see patches of skin that is red, scaly, crusty or hardened and intensely itchy, it would be best to check with your doctor to see if you have Eczema.
Eczema affects 25 percent of Canadians. The struggle with eczema can continue for life if it's not managed properly.
Our skin serves as a barrier against bacteria, viruses, fungi irritants and allergens. Dry, itchy skin usually leads to redness and inflammation. Intense itchiness usually results in scratching, which leads to more inflammation of the outer layer of the skin. Damage done from scratching may be the biggest contributing factor to eczema flares, inflammation, and bacterial infection.
Certain ingredients in skincare products and fragrances can easily cause irritation and people suffering from eczema should be very careful of what they wear on their bodies.
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