Do you have the uncontrollable urge to itch, which results in a large rash? Rashes are common, but a reoccurring rash may be a sign of eczema. To seek relief and treatment for eczema, you must first know you have it. Do you? Continue reading on for a list of telltale signs you may.
Symptom #1 – The Constant Need to Itch
Eczema is a term that is used to describe inflammation of the skin. The skin is irritated, for various reasons, and the sufferer itches to seek relief. We all feel the need to itch, but the itching associated with eczema is different. It is best described as the reoccurring need to itch that just doesn’t stop. With a “traditional,” itch, we scratch once and are done, but eczema is different. No matter how much you itch, scratch, or rub the area, the need is always present.
Eczema can affect just about any part of the body; however, it usually occurs on the hands, feet, elbows, and legs.
Symptom #2 – Red Patches of Skin
Since eczema leads to scratching, the skin becomes further irritated. This results in a red rash. The rash can be large or small; it all depends on the size of the skin you were itching. Most people stop touching the skin when they develop a small rash, but remember that eczema creates the uncontrollable urge. Some sufferers just can’t stop because they believe it is the only way to seek relief. Unfortunately, this often leads to the next eczema symptom, blister-like sores.
Symptom #3 – Blisters That May Ooze
Those who itch their skin due to eczema, which is an inflammation of the skin, typically experience two end results. One is blister-like sores that may ooze clear or slightly discolored liquid. Overtime, these sores will begin to heal. You may then notice a curst-like surface form.
Symptom #4 – Dry Flaky Skin Patches
Although some eczema sufferers find oozing blisters on their outbreak patches, others experience dry, flaky, and scaly skin. In this case, itching has usually caused damage to the skin and new skin is working to replace the damage. During this time, you may notice patches of skin that look like they may fall off at any moment.
You now know the common signs and symptoms of eczema, but how can you seek relief? Start by keeping your body moisturized to reduce dry skin. Then, focus on your trigger factors. What is giving you the uncontrollable urge to itch? For some, the cause is certain foods, scented bath and body products, stress, the weather, and airborne allergens.