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What Causes Eczema?

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever. Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. Most infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their tenth birthday, while some people continue to have symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease often can be controlled.

What types of Eczema are there?

  • Atopic dermatitis:  Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. It usually starts in childhood, and often gets milder or goes away by adulthood. Atopic dermatitis is part of what doctors call the atopic triad. “Triad” means three. The other two diseases in the triad are asthma and hay fever. Many people with atopic dermatitis have all three condition. 
  • Contact dermatitis:  If you have red, irritated skin that’s caused by a reaction to substances you touch, you may have contact dermatitis. It comes in two types: Allergic contact dermatitis is an immune system reaction to an irritant like latex or metal.Irritant contact dermatitis starts when a chemical or other substance irritates your skin.
  • Dyshidrotic eczema:  Dyshidrotic eczema causes small blisters to form on your hands and feet. It’s more common in women than men.
  • Hand Eczema:  Eczema that only affects your hands is called hand eczema. You may get this type if you work in a job like hairdressing or cleaning, where you regularly use chemicals that irritate the skin
  • Neurodermatitis:  Neurodermatitis is similar to atopic dermatitis. It causes thick, scaly patches to pop up on your skin.
  • Nummular Eczema:  This type of eczema causes round, coin-shaped spots to form on your skin. The word “nummular” means coin in Latin. Nummular eczema looks very different from other types of eczema, and it can itch a lot.
  • Stasis Dermatitis:  Stasis dermatitis happens when fluid leaks out of weakened veins into your skin. This fluid causes swelling, redness, itching, and pain.

Mainstream vs. Natural Healing

Antihistamines, Antibiotics, Steroidal creams are top mainstream remedies for eczema. These are mostly administered or prescribed by health professionals and should be understood and researched by all. Many over the counter cremes are available without the perscriptive drugs but usually only address the dryness, leaving underlying issues aside. 

How RSC solves Eczema

RSC addresses eczema topically with dryness the first, but not the only concern. Our eczema products are rich in fatty acid oils such as Tamanu, Neem, and Hempseed oils which research suggest they have anti-inflammatory properties to  reduce the redness, rashes and itchiness.  It is also blended with a raw shea butter to add to its soothing and protective barrier properties. The RSC Eczema line offers natural topical solutions for all these concerns. We'll still not understate the role that a clean and green diet can do to help all skin look more beautiful.  

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