17 August 2019

Spring an Itch - Don't See Red

Spring an Itch - Don't See Red

We’ve endured the cold and come spring many of us now facing the effects of seasonal allergies, with springtime pollen levels peaking – there’s no spring break for our skin. If you’re feeling the itch or maybe your eczema is faring worse than normal, it’s time to arm yourself with some sound knowledge – from a reputable source – before taking to garden or park. And even if dermatitis hasn’t been on your radar till now, you are not alone. This eczema condition is common worldwide – the US alone over 30million people suffer from some form of eczema skin condition. Pinning down the cause of your suffering – is it allergies or something else? And, promptly treating it, can be stressful in itself – that stress won’t be helping the your skin either. However, it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to diagnosis – especially with the right hands guiding you. Here we touch in on two very common types of dermatitis that share a name but travel two different pathways.

Allergic Dermatitis – The key word is ‘allergic’. This condition is caused by an allergic reaction, for example, nickel – think wedding rings, or pollen proteins, or acrylate allergy – think cosmetics. Any age or sex can have an allergic flair up. Your skin may flair within 48 – 72hrs or you may suddenly develop an allergy after years of having none. Fortunately, it is treatable – in most cases by identifying the allergy and avoiding it – but for some people it does require lifelong management.

Atopic Dermatitis – Inflammatory, constant and chronic are the key words here. It often begins in childhood and can remain unwanted lifelong companion. Although there is no single cause, research suggests genetics may play a large role in determining atopic sufferers. What can make atopic dermatitis worse? Bacterial, viral and fungal infections can all worsen dermatitis. Treating children comes with its challenges, but good management of eczema can be life changing for families.

Fortunately, no one needs to feel in the dark when it comes to treating skin and restoring balance. Just as dermatitis has many faces, nowadays treatment options take many avenues – making it possible for dermatitis sufferers to find their fit – and take their fight – against this skin condition. What remains important? Seeking the best advice, guidance and care to find the solution.