Skin Concerns - Eczema

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin, usually causing itching and sometimes accompanied by crusting, scaling or blisters. It is very common affecting nearly a third of Australians during some stage of their life.

Often (but not always) it will start near the crooks of the elbows or knees with small, itchy bumps. Sometimes it initially looks like small bites. It can then spread from there with itching.

Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. Scratching the skin will make it worse. A type of Eczema made worse by allergen exposure is termed "Atopic Dermatitis. Dry skin is often susceptible to a type called "Dry Skin Dermatitis".

Eczema is thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to a perceived irritant. This can be internal such as a reaction to a food, or external such as a reaction to pollen or a skin care product.

Common external irritants include pollen and dust mites, skin care products or very dry skin. Common internal irritants can be reactions to fruit, nuts or dairy products. However, there are many other possible irritants and they can be very hard to identify.

The best long-term solution for Eczema is to try and eliminate the cause of the reaction. However, finding the trigger can take time. Eliminating suspect items from the diet or skin for a week to check for improvement is one common method used to search for triggers. Allergy specialists can also help.

To bring relief, medical practitioners will often prescribe an anti-inflammatory cortisone (steroid) ointment which is very effective but is generally recommended for short-term use or as advised by your practitioner. The MooGoo Sensitive Skin Balm is a lightweight balm formulated for the symptomatic relief of mild Eczema, Dermatitis & mild Psoriasis and can be used whenever the skin becomes itchy or dry. Less itch, less spreading.

Eczema in Children

Eczema in children is a non-contagious skin condition that is quite common affecting around 10% of babies. It usually appears in early childhood and disappears around six years of age. The skin becomes dry, cracked and itchy, and may weep. It often starts at the elbows or knees. Eczema can vary in severity and alter daily. In some cases, Eczema may continue into adulthood.

The immune system of children is immature and so many react inappropriately to a perceived irritant. This could be something on their skin, a food or a drink. Eczema is more common in children who have other allergies, such as asthma and hay fever.

Practitioners can help try and isolate what is causing the response, or parents can try and identify the irritant via trial and error. Children will often "grow" out of the problem as their immune system matures. However, that is of little comfort right now to the baby who has Eczema, and the parents who are missing out on sleep.

There is some more useful information on Infant Eczema here.

What MooGoo Makes for Eczema

Always see your medical practitioner for advice on Eczema. We make a lightweight balm that easily sinks into the skin for the symptomatic relief of Eczema. This is suitable for children and adults and can be used whenever the skin becomes sensitive and as often as needed. We also formulate a few additional soothing products to help. We list all of our ingredients on our website so you can check they are natural and healthy before purchase. If symptoms persist, consult your health care practitioner.

Choose from the MooGoo Sensitive Skin Balm, Scalp CreamBaby Soothing Moisturiser Nut Oil FreeUltra Gentle Cleanser with Ceramides, and Soothing MSM Moisturiser.

 Always read the label. If symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.