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Eczema on Feet

Eczema is a skin condition that causes your skin to become very dry, irritated, and inflamed. It is very uncomfortable and can cause annoyance in your life. The dry skin condition can appear anywhere on your body, and there are different types of eczema. One place where it can occur often and be hard to manage is on your feet. There are many reasons that it appears on your feet such as being on your feet all day at work or wearing shoes made from material that may trigger a flare up. Here is some information about causes, symptoms, treatment, and shoe solutions for eczema on feet.

There are different factors that can cause a flare up on your feet. The most common cause is from the shoes you wear. A lot of shoes are made with dyes, different materials, and closed toe. It can be hard for your feet to breathe when you are wearing closed toe shoes all day or while you are working out for example. Leather shoes and sneaks are triggers for foot eczema. If there is not a lot of moisture in the air that can also dry out your feet which can make them dry and crack. The winter is a common season for flare ups to occur on the feet.

How can you tell the difference between dry feet or eczema? There are characteristic symptoms of feet eczema that will help you determine if you have the condition. Your skin will become very dry and itchy. It is usually very red and may have puss filled bumps on it. Your feet can become swollen or inflamed. It will often appear on the soles of your feet. If the skin is not cracked it may look somewhat glazed over.

Treating eczema on your feet can be difficult because you have to wear shoes throughout the day. When a flare up occurs it is best to keep your feet moisturized with eczema oil and lotions. The lotion should be chemical free and not heavily scented. You can also rotate your shoes because it is not good to wear the same pair every day. If you are wearing closed toe shoes wear cotton socks because your feet will be able to breathe in the material. It is also helpful to find shoes that are breathable. If the symptoms of your flare up go away, keep treating the area to prevent future flare ups.

When possible, wear open toe shoes or something that your feet can breathe in. When you do have to wear closed toe ones, wear cotton socks with them. Leather shoes are triggers for eczema, so weather other materials. A lot of shoes are made from leather so buy a few pairs to rotate throughout the week. Sandals are great because your feet will not rub against the material and cause irritation.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Why Eczema is Worse in Winter

If you have suffered from dry irritating skin rashes, you may have noticed an external factor that triggered this irritating condition. You may or may not be suffering from a skin condition called eczema. For those of you who have it, you may know that there are certain triggers that can result in annoying flare ups. Some factors that can worsen your condition are water, certain types of food, humidity, weather conditions, clothing, and soap. Weather is one of the biggest factors that can worsen your eczema, and it is known to be at its worst in the winter.

Most areas of the world have cold winters, excluding places such as the Caribbean or other tropical location. Winter weather conditions can include harsh northerly winds, snow, low humidity, dry air and cold weather. These factors can cause your skin to become very dry. It is so important to stay moisturized and wear protective clothing when you have to face winter conditions. Even if you don’t have eczema, you have probably noticed that your skin is dry in the winter and you are constantly applying lotion or other types of moisturizers.

Cold air and low humidity can dry your skin and it removes the moisture your skin needs. Because these are common winter conditions, it tends to make your eczema worse during this season. It can be hard to stay moisturized when the weather doesn’t change and continues to stay cold. Also, central heating inside your home will also dry your skin. To combat these factors you can humidify your home with a humidifier and wear gloves when you go outside.

A lot of people wear wool in the winter because the material keeps you so warm. However, this can cause a lot of itching which can worsen an eczema flare up. It is hard to dress warm when the weather is so cold without irritating your skin. Adding on extra layers to your outfit can also cause you to sweat which will induce a flare up. When dressing for the winter, you have to find a happy medium.

Unfortunately, the weather conditions cannot be changed in the winter and typically eczema is worse during this season. During the spring is when most people with eczema notice that they have less flare ups. If you are living in a location with a cold climate and harsh winter conditions, be sure to moisturize your skin with an organic eczema oil or lotion. This can manage a flare up if you happen to have one. The winter months will bring on more flare ups because of the cold air so staying moisturized becomes a necessity for the health of your skin.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Part Two: Different Types of Eczema

In a previous article we discussed different types of eczema that were common and due mostly to some allergen. There are other types of eczema that aren’t as common and that have more specific reasons for causing a flare ups. Like other types, the skin becomes irritated, itchy, and can cause a lot of discomfort. While some eczema flare ups are easy to treat and don’t last long, other types are more chronic and long lasting. Here are some of the other types of eczema that are less common and more severe.

Lichen simplex chronicus, also known as neurodermatits, is another form of eczema that is pretty severe. The itching can become very intense and can make day to day activities hard to manage. Once the skin is scratched, a viscous cycle occurs in which the more you scratch, the more your skin itches. This skin condition develops when nerve endings become irritated. The constant scratching can cause the skin to thicken, darken in color, and become rough. The condition can also lead to other health problems such as anxiety because of the itch and scratch cycle.

Nummular eczema is like a form of athlete’s foot. It is a ski rash that occurs mostly in adulthood. The skin forms coin sized dry patches of flaky skin. The rash most commonly appears of your legs, arms, and back, and can take on the appearance of a blister. It is also called nummular dermatitis or discoid eczema. You have to treat this when it develops because it can turn into a staph infection. When the rash is gone, you may notice a discoloration of your skin where the rash flared up.

An easily treatable form of eczema, believe it or not, is dandruff. It is called seborrheic dermatitis and can occur on your scalp and face. If you live in dry climate with cold weather, you may be susceptible to dandruff. If you happen to get seborrheic dermatitis on your face, you can use an organic eczema oil to bring moisture back to your skin. Organic oils are soothing and won’t irritate your skin which can be embarrassing to have dry patches on your face. If you have small babies, you may have seen dry patches on their scalp, which is a form of this condition, but is called cradle’s cap. For adults, the condition is ongoing and flare ups can come and go.

Eczema that appears on the lower legs is called stasis dermatitis. It is due to bad circulation of blood in the legs and is commonly associated with varicose veins. This severe form of eczema can cause swelling to happen in your legs. To treat this condition, you must moisturize the skin and treat the circulation problem. The skin can become thin and discolored as well as develop an irritating rash.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

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