Monday, May 10, 2010
The term ‘eczema’ is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to boil.’ It refers to an inflammation of the Skin which results in the formation of vesicles or pustules. It is the most common and most troublesome of all skin diseases.
Eczema is essentially a constitutional disease, resulting from a toxic condition of the system.
The disease covers a wide variety of forms, the majority of them being of a chronic variety.
Eczema Signs Symptoms:-
(1) Eczema in its acute form is indicated by redness and swelling of the skin, the formation of minute vesicles and severe heat.
(2) If the vesicles rupture, a raw, moist surface is formed. From this, colourless discharge oozes, which forms skin crusts when it accumulates. The disease is usually worst at night when the heat of the body is retained by the bed-clothes.
(3) The skin itches at all stages. IN the wet stage, it may become infected with bacteria. The healing of the condition is affected by scratching in response to the irritation.
(4) Scratching not only spreads infection but also lengthens the stage of dryness and scaling.
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