Suggested Home Remedies for: Dry, Itchy Skin, Normal to Severe

Basic Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin can be caused by Internal and/or External Factors. There are several Internal factors that can greatly contribute to dry skin; Dehydration: Many people do not drink an adequate amount of water in a day. This can increase the risk of dry skin. While one is healing their dry skin they should drink extra water to promote faster healing. Hormones and Age: As one’s body changes many imbalances in the body can develop, including hormone imbalance as well as metabolic changes. These changes greatly affect ones skin. External Factors, as well as Extreme Weather Conditions and Over-Exposure to the Sun, are Chemicals, Soaps and Detergents which are the primary external reasons for Dry Skin. The unsuspecting villain however of many Skin Outbreaks and Dermatitis is plain ole SOAP. Most people wash their hands with soap 3X a day and most soaps have a high PH level of 8 to 11. Our outer layer of skin operates best with its PH between 4.0 to 6.0 so that using these high PH level soaps may clean the skin but also dry it out as well. Since it takes about 14 hours for the body to replace the acid covering on the skin, that soaps etc., remove, there is no chance that the skin can keep hydrated with the proper PH and fight back against the constant chemicals that are being put onto the skin. A low PH on the skin (or what’s called a hydrated skin) is what protects the skin from germs and fungus. The body produces the optimum skin covering when it is functioning normally and remains at the proper PH level unless tampered with by chemicals, detergents and high PH Soaps.

Ultra Balm’s Suggested Home Remedies

Where possible, it is the best idea not to use any sort of soap or detergent on the skin at all. It would be better if one could clean their skin using whole oats by wrapping a hand full of whole oats in a cheese cloth or fine netting, tied with a string or rubber band. Soak the bag for 15 minutes before use. Use whole oats in the bathtub by bathing with it in cool or warm (never hot) water. Since the goal of any remedy is to restore hydration to the skin this is the perfect body scrub for anyone with Dry Skin as it will sooth as well as restore the skins hydration. It helps bring down the inflammation from scratching, and helps the itching as well. Immediately after washing, when your pores are still open, whether you’ve washed with whole oats or mild unscented soap, lightly pat (not rub) your skin dry and then immediately apply Ultra Balm to the affected area. Ultra Balm as it penetrates deep into the skin restores the skins proper acid covering so that the skin returns to the PH level necessary to keep the skin hydrated, moist and protected from germs and infections. Note: It would a great help to keep the air in your home moist at a humidity level between 45-55% to further keep your skin from drying out. Try to wear cotton clothes vs wool or synthetic clothing so that your clothes do not irritate your skin. All clothing should be washed with a mild soap, not a detergent; you want one without fragrance, or colorant, as these are irritants to this condition.

If you follow the above, you should notice a change within days or even hours, and you will immediately be much more comfortable.

The Above Suggested Home Remedies are for cosmetic purposes only. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Talk to your health care provider before taking Ultra Balm with any prescription or over the counter drugs (including any herbal medicines or supplements) or following any treatment or regimen.

Successes Using Ultra Balm for Dry, Itchy Skin

“We bought this at a boat show when my husband’s skin was sensitive from a medication that he was on. His skin was so dry that if he were in the sun at all, he would burn, and his hands or legs would swell from water retention. He applies this cream in the morning and night, and keeps the tube in the car to apply to his hands during the day. The cream contains glycerin so that it is not greasy, and lanolin, which is a necessity when trying to heal skin. I highly recommend it.”

Milford, CT

“As an attorney my hands dry out from handling paper all day. Most hand creams leave a residue so I can’t do paperwork as the residue leaves marks on the paper. Ultra Balm absorbs immediately, enabling me to continue working.”

Judy Cherney
Sacramento, CA

“ULTRA BALM works great! My hands were dry, horrible and in pain from working in my garden. I got results from this cream in just a couple of days and it’s been working for me ever since.”

Beth Kogen
Atlanta, GA

“I’ve had severe Dry Skin for 54 years and this is the first cream that has ever helped me. As a nurse I’m constantly washing my hands and nothing works like ULTRA BALM. It’s GREAT!”

Marge Brier
Seven Hills, OH

“My Dad uses Ultra Balm on his legs which get irritated, itchy, and dry from nerve and muscle damage. He’s 77 years young and he said, from the first application, he felt immediate relief not only on his skin but his muscles felt more relaxed. So this stuff absorbs and treats. I started using it on my hands as well and they’re also happy!”

Lynn Fagen
East Orange, NJ

“Ultra Balm is absolutely the best – even recommended by my physician for dry skin!”

S. Dempsey, Steel Worker
Philadelphia, PA

“For years my skin has been taunt from dryness. After 2 weeks of using ULTRA BALM 1 time a day my skin feels WONDERFUL. NO PULLING OR TIGHTNESS!”

Karen Prier
Woodland, CA

Suggested Home Remedies for: Dry, Cracked Heels & Feet

Basic Causes of Dry Cracked Heels & Feet

Basically Cracked Feet and Heels are caused by external factors, with the major cause being your everyday soap that has a high PH of 9-11. Soaps with a High PH remove the acid mantel(the protective covering that the body normally creates & excretes thru the skin). This acid mantel keeps your skin from becoming dry and is very important not only for the health of your feet but for your health in general. Sweat can cause germs and fungus, which in turn can also make your feet dry and cracked unless your body has a sufficient amount of acid mantel to prevent it. Skin, with the proper PH gives a sufficient protective covering that prevents fungus and germs from entering the body and also helps to prevent Dry Cracked Heels and Feet. Fungus and Germs need moist heat to grow and cannot live in an acidic environment.

Ultra Balm’s Suggested Home Remedies

First you’ll need a pumice stone or a pumice sponge. If you don’t have a pumice sponge, you may use a loofah sponge The stone or sponge is to remove the “dead skin cells” that appear as white or gray callous on the heel. In order for Ultra Balm to deeply penetrate and heal, it is necessary to start with the removal of these cells. It is best done when you have just showered or bathed or after you just soaked your feet in warm water for 15 minutes before bedtime. For best results, instead of using ordinary soap( that has a high PH), take 3 tablespoons of whole oats and soak them in warm water in a cheesecloth or gauze-like material. When the skin is warm and open, and the dead cells are moist, the dead cells are easily removed. Gently rub the affected area with the stone, or sponge until you start to see some pink skin. Note: not too deep, as the skin under the dead cells is often very tender or even raw. Now dry and apply Ultra Balm to the affected area, and rub it in as best you can. Upon going to bed put on a thin pair of socks to keep the Balm penetrating throughout the night. Doing this on a daily basis for a week-ten days will remove all the “dead cells”, will heal the dryness, lines and cracks in your feet and they will look and feel great!

Remember, be cautious the first few times. If you pumice too deeply, you may have sore heals for a few days. It is best to take it slowly at first. You have had these heels for quite a while, so heal them correctly, and give yourself time.

The Above Suggested Home Remedies are for cosmetic purposes only. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Talk to your health care provider before taking Ultra Balm with any prescription or over the counter drugs (including any herbal medicines or supplements) or following any treatment or regimen.

Successes Using Ultra Balm for Cracked Skin – Heels, Feet, & Hands

“I have put much money into many products to handle my cracked heels. Ultra Balm has repaired them!”
Cleveland, OH

“ULTRA BALM is the best product that really works as claimed. I swear by it! No more Dry Cracked Hands AT ALL! Thanks.
Geraldine Turner
Anchorage, AK

“I’m in sales and my hands are used alot as I am constantly meeting people and shaking their hands. I needed something that controlled my cracked hands and finally found ULTRA BALM. This cream doesn’t just stay on top of the skin, it soaks in, works great and lasts a very long time.”
Gary Ward
Detroit, MI

“I have Chronic Cracked Skin Problems on my hands and feet and have tried every kind of cream available. Ultra Balm is the best product I have ever used on my hands and feet! I used it last night at 10PM and today, at 3PM, my hands still feel soft and smooth. This stuff is amazing!
Carl Stevens
Omaha, NE

“I have had cracked and painful cuticles since I was 18 years old. I am now 54 and this is a miracle cream. My cuticles look great and my hands never looked better. I will definately use Ultra Balm FOREVER… I’m hooked!”
Sandy Griffin
Sacramento, CA

Eczema Treatment

Eczema treatment can consist of a direct attack using creams and medications or be combined with simple preventative measures. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on many factors, including the type and severity of the eczema, your preferences, and past treatments. Usually topical eczema creams are the most commonly prescribed treatment by dermatologists. There is also a wide array of natural herbal treatments and teas from around the world that encompass a long tradition of eczema treatment. Additionally, creative home remedies abound and staying in communication with other eczema sufferers can be quite helpful. Severe forms of eczema may call for treatments including a photo or light treatment, or more traditional medicinal treatment. Often a majority of irritating eczema symptoms can be treated by simply making some lifestyle changes

The Goal of Eczema Treatment

Since the goal of any eczema treatment is to restore hydration to the skin, there is considerable attention surrounding the taking of baths and various substances that can be added to bath water to alleviate eczema symptoms.

Soaking in a tub of cool or warm water for 15 to 20 minutes at a time is beneficial and allows the skin’s outer layer to absorb water and become less dry. However, bath water that is too hot results in the skin actually losing much needed moisture. Water temperatures must be kept down to a tolerable minimum. When bathing, only a small amount of very mild soap should be used. Liquid soaps are sometimes much more mild than regular bar soaps. Where possible, use soaps that are specially formulated for sensitive skin.

Eczema sufferers endorse a variety of ingredients that can be added to the bath to ease symptoms. Baby oil, oatmeal and tar are reported to be helpful treatments when added (separately) to warm bath water. Immediately after the bathing, ideally within three minutes, use a soft towel to pat, not rub, your skin dry. Then apply eczema cream to seal in the moisture.

The Keynote of Eczema Treatments

The keynote of eczema treatment is: keep the skin moisturized and away from irritants and allergens. For example, keep the air in your home moist at a humidity level of 45 and 55 percent to help keep your skin from drying out. Use eczema creams daily to keep the skin moist. During the winter be sure to wear gloves when you go outside as the cold air and low humidity will dry out the skin. Overall, use common sense to observe conditions and take any measures possible to keep the skin hydrated.

Avoid or try to limit contact with anything that can irritate your skin. Don’t wear clothing that rubs against your skin. Try to wear loose cotton clothes versus wool or synthetic clothing. Substances which may be irritants include: detergents, soaps, aftershave, harsh dishwashing products, solvents, gasoline, and bleaches and cleansers that contain harsh chemicals.. Try to find natural alternatives to harsh household cleansers and chemicals and wear protective gloves when using these.

As for allergies, a medical test called “patch testing” can be done to identify common substances to which eczema sufferers are allergic, however, patch testing does not identify irritants. Irritants are discovered by paying attention to substances that cause flare-ups. All in all, avoiding known allergens and irritants can help reduce eczema inflammation and itching.

Ultra Balm to the Rescue

Ultrabalm, while not a medicine, but rather a soothing, healthful skin cream relief that combines Vitamin A,D & E with Lanolin and the finest in Aloe Vera is a top performing cream for eczema. For more information on these ingredients CLICK HERE. Ultra Balm brings general overall lubrication and health to skin tissues and has been found to be helpful to many eczema sufferers.

Here is what just a few of our Ultra Balm users have to say about how Ultra Balm has helped them with their eczema:

“My 14yr old daughter has suffered from Eczema from birth. The condition has not only caused her physical suffering throughout her life but tremendous emotional stress as well. Because of her facial appearance she has experienced a great deal of social rejection in school and from kids in the neighborhood. As you can imagine, I tried every cream and remedy to help her but nothing seemed to work. I had just about given up until I found your ULTRA BALM at a Southern Women’s Show in Seminole Florida. I can only say “GOD BLESS ULTRA-BALM!” This cream has truly saved my daughters life and mine! She has socially come out of her shell and is finally making friends. She’s smiling and laughing where she used to be crying. There’s just no way to describe the change that ULTRA-BALM has made in her life. Keep up the great work and please feel free to print my story”.

M. Hennessy, Mother, Detroit Michigan

“Ultra Balm has really handled the dry skin on my legs caused by a severe case of eczema, especially in the dry winter weather. It is the only product I have found which relieves my condition!”

H. Mahoney, Engineer

“My husband had been suffering with eczema for over 15 years. He had tried every over the counter eczema cream, several recommended prescription solutions, special soaps, you name it, he’d tried it. One weekend we were out at a Home & Garden Show in Texas where we ran into the “Cow-People”. There at the booth was a lovely animated family, each wearing a cow patterned hat and apron, giving people samples on their hand of this cream they called Ultra Balm. My husband became a willing subject with no hope of actually getting any results from these strangely dressed people. Well, lo and behold! After we left their booth we walked around for several hours and to my husband’s amazement he noticed that his hands, which were always cracked, dry and burning were soft and smooth, and he was without pain either. The rest is history. We both ran back to the “Cow Booth” bought a half dozen jars and my husband has been able to enjoy life again! Ultra Balm has helped relieve his eczema to such a degree that if a person met him now for the first time, they would not even know he had this condition. I can only say THANK YOU to the “COW PEOPLE”! If you go to their website you’ll find out why all Ultra Balm Representatives dress in cow outfits. It does make your skin “Milky Soft” but there’s more of a story to it”.

It is encouraging to know that with some simple lifestyle changes, consultation with a dermatologist, and sticking with a plan of action that works for you, eczema can be effectively treated.

Baby & Infant Eczema

Infant eczema ranges from slight redness of the skin to severe, irritating itching. The most important factors to consider for preventing infant eczema include moisturizing, nutrition, hygiene, and allergy awareness and prevention. However, when an infant’s parents have eczema there is an 80% chance the baby will also develop eczema.

Eczema on babies can appear anywhere: on the face, neck, belly, chest, and most often at the creases on the back of the elbows and knees. If the eczema appears on the infant’s belly it’s possible the infant has an allergy to the detergent or fabric softener used since their belly is the main contact point with the fabric. If any sudden onset of eczema occurs, take note of changes that could have triggered the outbreak. Baby eczema can also be triggered by food allergies, usually dairy products. If the mother is breastfeeding then food allergies can derive from something the mother has eaten. Some parents find it helpful to keep a journal of changes around the home and of food ingested to aid identification of possible allergens to the infant.

Infant Eczema

The majority of infant eczemas are identified as atopic eczema. As with adults, the infant eczema itself is not as much of a problem for babies as is the scratching, which can cause infection. Scratching which results in wet, or oozing sores is likely to become infected. Bacterial “staph” infections are common on arms and legs and are characterized by oozing, crusting and also by small pus bumps. Any eczema lesions which look different than usual, are weeping or feel hot to the touch, are important to treat as soon as possible. Antibiotics can be prescribed to help the infant’s immune system fight the infection.

Baby Eczema

A normal and common type of baby eczema appears on the infant’s scalp and is called cradle cap. Cradle cap is manifested as patches of greasy, yellow, scaling skin on the scalp. Sometimes the scales may cover the whole scalp. Cradle cap is not caused by infection, allergy or poor hygiene but may have to do with over-active oily glands in the newborn’s skin caused by the mother’s hormones still in the baby’s circulation. If the cradle cap is very bad, a small amount of baby oil or anti-dandruff shampoo can be gently massaged into the affected area, left on for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinsed out. Babies are usually not irritated by cradle cap. It typically resolves within a few months when the scales become very flaky and rub off.

Since eczema robs moisture from the skin, it is essential to keep the infant’s skin moisturized as much as possible. One solution is to add baby oil to the infant’s bath water. Or, as soon as the baby gets out of the bath, pat the skin dry, paying extra attention to drying the legs without rubbing. Then quickly apply a very mild unscented baby lotion to take advantage of the baby’s open pores after the warm bath, which is the best time for moisture to be absorbed. When this is done before bedtime, the infant is more relaxed and can more easily sleep through the night. Also, the infant’s room should be kept humid. This is best done by keeping the heat turned down. If the baby gets cold it’s best to add clothing rather than turn the heat back up. Pure cotton clothing is recommended for the infant with eczema.

Many babies grow out of eczema themselves without any medical intervention well before they are 5 years old. While there is no cure for eczema, it is possible to treat it in such a way that your baby does not experience too much discomfort.

Ultra Balm has become increasingly popular with Mothers, with many of them claiming that scales and dandruff from their babies scalp eczema has fully disappeared since using Ultra Balm for just a few days to a week.

Hand Eczema

Hand eczema refers to any type of eczema that appears on the hands, usually affecting both of them. It is not contagious and is caused by factors such as allergic reactions, contact with irritants in the workplace, or is hereditary. Hand eczemas commonly affect people who have eczema elsewhere on their body. Hand eczemas may come and go in cycles of varying length including the length of time between outbreaks as well as the length of the duration of symptoms.

Hereditary Hand Eczema

If there is a hereditary predisposition to hand eczema then it takes less environmental irritation to bring about the condition. Individuals who do not have a genetic proclivity for eczema have a higher tolerance to irritants in the environment. Some professions put individuals in frequent contact with irritants which cause hand eczema. This type of hand eczema is sometimes referred to as ‘occupational dermatitis.

Common Hand Eczema

Hand eczema is particularly common in industries involving cleaning, catering, metalwork, hairdressing, healthcare and mechanical work. These professions involve contact with irritants including the latex in medical gloves, metals such as nickel found in jewelry, fragrances, cosmetics, skin creams, cleaning fluids, detergents, soaps, nail polish remover, solvents, paper towels, cement, oils, grease, the chemicals used for clothing manufacture, among others.

Additional precipitating factors for work-related hand eczema are repeated friction, wind, and cold, or the frequent hand-washing required by food service professions. Exposure to any of these irritating elements or abrasive activities erodes the protective layer of the skin and precipitates hand eczema.

Various Types of Hand Eczema

Different types of hand eczemas are manifested in a variety of ways. Allergic contact and irritant contact hand eczema usually affect the top of the hand, though the palms or both sides of the hand may be afflicted. This type of hand eczema is commonly seen as dry, chapped skin around the knuckles and tops of the fingers. When hand eczema is caused by a fungal infection, the symptoms include itchy blisters along the sides of the fingers. Contact with poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac causes blistering and weeping. If the eczema is caused by jewelry the irritation may only appear under a ring. Hand eczema can also spread to other parts of the body, often the forearms or feet, particularly the insteps.

Anyone who has hand eczema must take care to protect and look after their skin. Even if the condition happened long in the past, their skin may still be vulnerable to irritation in certain jobs. When a specific allergy has been narrowed-down, contact with the causative material must be strictly avoided over the long-term in order to clear up the eczema and to prevent its return. There is no cure for hand eczema but preventative measures can go a long way toward freeing the individual from its symptoms.

Controlling Hand Eczema

Many measures can be taken to control hand eczema. These start with understanding the aggravating factors for each particular type of hand eczema. This must be followed-through with the preventative and proactive actions appropriate to handling those symptoms in order to achieve the long-term relief that is possible from this irritating skin disease.

A large percentage of Ultra Balm buyers use it to control and relieve hand eczema and keep using it even after the condition has abated, to keep their hands soft and smooth all year round.

Successes Using Ultra Balm for Eczema

“My 14 year old daughter has suffered from Eczema from birth. The condition has not only caused her physical suffering throughout her life but tremendous emotional stree as well. Because of her facial appearance she has experienced a great deal of social rejection in school and from kids in the neighborhood. As you can imagine, I tried every cream and remedy to help her but nothing seemed to work. I had just about given up until I found your Ultra Balm at a Southern Women’s Show in Seminole, Florida.

I can only say “GOD BLESS ULTRA BALM!” This cream has truly saved my daughters life and mine! She has socially come out of her shell and is finally making friends. She’s smiling and laughing where she used to be crying. There’s just no way to describe the change that Ultra Balm has made in her life. Keep up the great work and please feel free to print my story.”

M. Hennessy, Mother
Detroit, MI

“My extreme Eczema on both my hands feels totally better with this amazing product. Thank you soooo much.”

Jennifer H.
Pomoma, CA

“This ULTRA BALM product is soooo good I don’t have to use my medication for my eczema anymore! I also gave a tube to my hairdresser who also suffers from eczema and it is working for her also. This product is truly amazing.”

Leslie Adams
Knoxville, TN

“I’ve suffered with exzema my whole life. I’ve tried many different over the counter products to handle it and perscriptivves as well. I recently came across Ultra Balm at a crafts show in my area and tried some at the booth. It started working right away. I didn’t believe the company representative.

But after finding out that they give a 90 day money-back, “no questions asked” warranty I bought a jar. I’ve been using it daily and I can’t say enough about this product. It’s changed my life. I’m not only re-ordering for me but my husband also has excema and Ultra Balm has put his condition under control also.”

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Calhoon
Cleveland, OH

Eczema Creams

The most popular method of relief for eczema is the application of soothing eczema cream. Eczema creams work by keeping the skin hydrated with a combination of oil and water-based substances. On the other hand, eczema ointments have a petroleum base. Medications work differently in different types of solutions because of the different ways they get delivered to the skin. Some medications need to be absorbed by the skin very quickly, and in that case eczema cream is best. When the medication needs a slow release, petroleum ointments work best. There are hundreds of eczema creams, each suffused with different ingredients that could include steroids or other medications, perfumes and fragrances, or contain all-natural substances. Consultation with a dermatologist is a good idea to find the right type of topical cream for your individual condition.

Eczema Creams to Avoid

In any case, eczema creams containing fragrances, perfumes and a lot of extra ingredients should be avoided as these can make the eczema worse. For example, products containing such common ingredients as glycerin and rose water can actually increase dryness in skin affected by eczema. Again, consultation with a dermatologist to determine ingredients (or lack thereof) that might work best for you is recommended. When you find an eczema cream that is best for you, it will serve to sooth and moisturize the skin by penetrating deep down to stop inflammation and itching.

Stopping Itching

Stopping itching is actually the focal point of most eczema treatments, with eczema cream at the forefront of all remedies. The cycle of eczema is: itching leads to scratching and scratching leads to rashes.

Scratching must be stopped because the scratching can permanently scar the skin and lead to infections. Sometimes eczema cream containing cortisone can be a good short-term remedy for the scratching, but over time cortisone eczema cream can result in skin thinning, stretch marks and depigmentation.

Additionally, studies show that when cortisone enters the blood after prolonged use, it has a suppressive impact on the adrenals in the bloodstream. These findings are more good reason to consult with a dermatologist regarding eczema cream ingredients that would be best for your skin.

Eczema Cream

Restoring skin hydration with eczema cream is a vital component of eczema treatment and management. The main purpose of the skin is to prevent loss of water from the body and to be a protective barrier against unwanted toxins, viruses, and bacteria. Where eczema exists and scratching occurs, the scratching breaks open the skin and causes gaps in the usual protective skin barrier. The skin then becomes more prone to infection by unwanted viruses, bacteria and micro-organisms. The breakdown of the skin barrier also results in greater evaporation of skin humidity which results in dryness, itching and inflammation. Eczema cream restores hydration.

It should be noted that above and beyond the physical symptoms relieved by eczema cream, a better quality of life can be restored as well. By reducing the temptation to scratch, eczema cream can be just what’s needed to allow the eczema sufferer to sleep through the night. When infants or small children are involved, this is worth its weight in gold.

What is Eczema?

The word ‘eczema’ derives from a Greek word, ‘ekzein’ which means ‘to break out or boil over. Eczema is also called ‘dermatitis’ from the Greek word for skin. These terms are used interchangeably to describe a wide group of skin diseases that all share the symptoms of inflamed and itchy skin that ‘boils over’ into a rash when scratched.

Not all dry skin is eczema, however, and may simply be caused by cold and windy weather or after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Skin easily loses water in those conditions and may simply need hydration. The best way to know if you have eczema is to see a dermatologist.

Two Categories of Eczema

Eczema generally falls into two categories: eczema brought about by contact with irritants such as chemicals, powders, cleaning agents and perfumes; and eczema precipitated by allergy to a certain material such as nickel, chrome or rubber. This last is known as atopic eczema and is the most common type of eczema, particularly among children. Atopic eczema is thought to be hereditary among families with a history of asthma and allergies such as hay fever.

Other Eczema Skin Diseases

Other skin diseases in the eczema group are: dyshidrotic, nummular, and herpticum eczema.

Dyshidrotic Eczema

Dyshidrotic eczema, or hand eczema, usually affects the hands, and sometimes the soles of the feet and sides of the fingers and toes. The blisters that characterize this type of eczema are small and clear and cause a burning or itching sensation accompanied by a rash that is often symmetrical in pattern. While people who live in warmer climates are at a higher risk for dyshidrotic eczema, contrary to popular belief, it is not related to sweat. Its actual cause is unknown but it has often been linked to skin contact with metals or jewelry containing nickel.

Nummular Eczema

Nummular eczema usually affects the lower leg and is also known as ‘discoid’ dermatitis due to its appearance in circular patches. It can last for weeks or even months and then disappear of its own accord. The brown, red or pink circular patches have a dry, cracked surface, are bumpy, blistered or crusted and extremely itchy. Nummular eczema is not hereditary or allergenic.

Eczema Herpeticum

Eczema herpeticum can occur when a person with pre-existing eczema has skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the herpes simplex virus. While routine herpes simplex virus usually revolves around cold sores near the mouth, when it comes in contact with areas of pre-existing eczema it can spread throughout the entire surface of the skin using the existing eczema as a base. The eczema herpeticum rash is characterized by small skin blisters filled with yellow pus that appear on top of the usual eczema rash. It is accompanied by high fever and general flu-like symptoms. Unlike other forms of eczema, herpticum eczema can be fatal, eventually infecting the eyes, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Medical assistance must be obtained immediately for early treatment.

Common Skin Condition

Overall, eczema is the most common skin condition in the world with a 20% spike in growth rate among children in only the past few decades. This might be attributed to more and more chemicals and other allergens in our environment. Eczema afflicts men and women equally and impacts all races and ages. One out of every 12 adults and one out of every 5 children have eczema.

Many children develop infant eczema, before they are 1 year of age. For about half of them it disappears by the time they are 5 years old, but the other 50% continue to experience signs and symptoms into adulthood, often the form of hand eczema.

Cause of Eczema

With the exact cause of eczema unknown, the cure is also a mystery. Fortunately, eczema can be managed with proper treatment and by discovering and handling the things that make it worse. Your chosen medical practitioner can work with you to arrive at a successful method of treatment for your particular type of eczema. Treatments could include anything from prescribed steroids, UV light treatments, antihistamines, or even aromatherapy, homeopathy or acupuncture. Soothing eczema creams are the most popular method of relief. Most often, a uniquely-tailored mix of treatments brings about the greatest success in relieving the symptoms of eczema.