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Eczema causes and treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   What causes eczema?
User :   I just need a few questions answered for a paper i'm having to write in my english class
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
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User :   What exactly is eczema?
Doctor :   Eczema is a subacute skin condition which is associated with itching, rashes.
User :   What causes it?
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it occurs due to inflammatory/hypersensitivity reaction.
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There are various modes of presentation.
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The commonest means of presentation is what I mentioned above.
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It can also present with more serious symptoms such as blebs, oozing, bleeding and so on.
Doctor :   More complicated symptoms may occur if there is secondary bacterial infection.
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Have you followed?
User :   yes
User :   how can it be treated if it's on the bad stages of oozing and bleeding?
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The treatment is mainly by
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1. keeping the affected area clean, so as to prevent the infection.
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2. It needs steroid therapy if the symptoms are severe.
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3. Regular dressing if the oozing and bleeding are severe.
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4. Antibiotic therapy is needed if the are evidence of systemic infection.
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These few form the basis of the treatment.
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However if the symptoms are mild, just skin soothening agents with or without steroid therapy are sufficient.
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Have you followed?
User :   yes. If you have eczema, can you ever completely get rid of it, or will it always be there, just in a mild form
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The period of treatment and
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if it is completely reversible or not will depend on the amount of damage that has occured.
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Most often , yes it is completely reversible.
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However if there are lichenification changes, it may or may not be reversible.
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However occasionally it can recur,
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If there is exposure to the causative agent.
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Have you followed?
User :   yes
User :   yes
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Do you have any other query?
User :   If you have eczema, are you more likely to have any other health or skin issues?
Doctor :   It can be an isolated event.

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\or part of other health issues such as liver disorders, infections and few other factors.
User :   ok i just have one last question
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Please proceed.
User :   A lot of babies are born with these skin rashes all over their body, is this because of something the mother has done while pregnant, or caused by something else?
Doctor :   Babies born with skin rashes can be an isolated event unrelated to the condition of the mother
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Or it can occur secondarily to few medical conditions such as
Doctor :   thrombocytopenia,
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hemophillia and so on.
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Hence a physical examination can only predict if the reason for the skin rashes.
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Have you followed?
User :   Yes
User :   I'm out of questions now. Thank you for your all your time and help!! It's greatly appreciated
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