What is Eczema?
Eczema has been called " the itch that rashes" because the itching usually occurs first. This group of skin rashes may first appear as scaly, leathery patches. The skin becomes irritated and inflamed.
Atopic Dermatitis, a type of eczema, usually appears on the face, hands and limbs and is accompanied by an intense itch. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. It affects approximately 15% of infants and children and 3% of adults in the U.S.
Eczema and Allergies
The substance that bring on an allergy attack: dust mites, pollen, animal dander and mold can cause some people with atopic dermatitis to break out in a rash. Food allergies also can trigger a flare-up. These allergies cause the immune system to overact, activating cells to produce inflammation in the skin. Mild irritants, such as wool, detergents, astringents, or fragrances and even emotional stress can cause a flare-up.
Eczema and Scratching
People with eczema may scratch as many as 500 to 1,000 times a day. Scratching worsens the rash and can increase the risk of infection due to breaks in the skin. ResQ Organic Skin Treatment provides relief from these symptoms on contact.
Eczema and Infection
Almost all people with eczema have Staphyloccocus aueus bacteria on their skin, compared with just about 5% of people without eczema. Signs of infection include, pus or fluid blisters, scaly red patches, swelling and even fever. The Manuka Honey in our Skin Treatment cream kills bacteria.
What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is from the Greek word derma or "skin" and itis or "inflammation". It is a type of eczema that causes red, burning patches, stinging, soreness, itchy skin and blistering. Without treatment, dermatitis can inflict long-term damage to the skin and cause lasting discomfort. It is not contagious but can be unsightly.
The "classic" causes of dermatitis are dust, cigarette smoke, dry air, chemical solvents, hydrocarbons and sweat. But every immune system has its own weakness, so triggers vary from person to person.
A traditional treatment for dermatitis is corticosteriod creams. Steroids can aggravate sensitive skin, especially if they're over-used. In some cases they can thin the skin and inhibit its ability to fight off further infections.
Types of Dermatitis:
This type of dermatitis occurs as a result of direct contact with irritants such as cleaning products, laundry soap powder or soaps. It may also be caused by contact with allergens such as cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry, certain metals, rubber, weeds or grass.
Neurodematitis is caused when a specific area of your skin itches and you scratch or rub skin repeatedly. It may be linked to other skin conditions such eczema, dry skin or psoriasis. It usually occurs on the back of the neck, forearm or arm, wrist or ankles.
Secorrheic Dermatitis develops as a result of an overproduction of oil glands usually on the scalp. People with oily hair or skin are commonly affected by this condition. When this condition affects infants, it is known as cradle cap. It is also associated with people who suffer from neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease or experience stress.
Atopic Dermatitis can be caused by allergies, asthma, or hay fever. It has also been known to be caused by stress. This condition usually begins in infancy through childhood but tends to lessen in adulthood.
Perioral Dermatitis may be caused by moisturizers, make-up, dental products or topical corticosteroids. It may be a type of skin disorder such as adult acne, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis which develops in a rash around the mouth or nose.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation (pain, swelling, heat and redness). Skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. This process is called cell turnover, and it takes about a month. With psoriasis, it can happen in just a few days because the cells rise too fast and pile up on the surface.
Most psoriasis causes patches of thick red skin with silvery scales. These patches can itch or feel sore. They are often found the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms and soles of the feet. But they can show up other places such as fingernails, toenails, genitals and inside the mouth.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis beings in the immune system, mainly with a type of white blood cell called a T cell. T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. With psoriasis, T cells are put into action by mistake. They become so active that they set off other immune responses. This leads to swelling and fast turnover of skin cells. People with psoriasis may notice that sometimes the skin gets better and sometimes it gets worse.
Things that can cause the skin to get worse include:
- Changes in weather that dry the skin
- Certain medicines
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition which principally affects the face. Rosacea causes facial redness and produces small. red, pus-filled pustules (bumps). Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated. It is often mistaken for acne or eczema, or some other skin allergy.
Approximately 1 in every 20 Americans - 14 million people - are estimated to be affected with Rosacea.
What are the signs and symptoms of Rosacea?
Many signs and symptoms are associated with rosacea, however they may vary considerably from person-to-person. The following signs and symptoms tend to be present in most cases:
Flushing (easily blushing) - This is usually the first sign of what many call pre-rosacea. Flushing episodes can last as long as five minutes. The blush can spread from the face down to the neck and chest. Some people say the skin feels unpleasantly hot during flushing episodes.
Facial skin hyper-reactivity - Sensitive blood vessels dilate very easily to topical triggers (touch) and some other physical stimuli, such as sunlight. Many mistakenly refer to this as "sensitive skin", but with rosacea it is sensitive blood vessels and not sensitive skin cells which cause this.
Persistent redness - Sometimes the flushing episodes may eventually be followed by bouts of persistent facial redness. The redness, like a patch of sunburn, may not go away. This occurs because hundreds of tiny blood vessels near the surface of the facial skin dilate (expand).
Inflammatory Rosacea - Small spots papules and pustules sometimes appear on the face - this is also known as inflammatory rosacea. Misdiagnosis is common because of their teenage acne appearance. However, with rosacea the skin has no blackheads unlike acne.
Inflamed blood vessels (vascular rosacea) - As the signs and symptoms of rosacea progress and gets worse, small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks swell and become visible (telangiectasia) they sometimes look like tiny spider webs. The skin on the face can become blotchy, similar to skin of some alcoholics. However, it is caused by inflammation of tiny blood vessels in the surface of the skin, and not alcohol. People with rosacea may become concerned and distressed at being labeled hardened drinkers because of this. Although alcohol may trigger rosacea flare-ups in patients who already have rosacea, alcohol consumption in never the source of the condition.
Rhinophyma - Excess facial skin around the nose. Severe rosacea can result in the thickening of facial skin, especially around the nose. The nose Ocular rosacea, there is a burning, gritty sensation in the eyes, making them bloodshot. The inside of the eyelid may become inflamed (blepharitis) and appear scaly, causing conjunctivitis. Some people may not tolerate contact lenses and sties may develop. In very rare cases vision may become blurred. Approximately 50% of patients with rosacea experience some kind of eye irritation or symptoms.
Facial swelling - Excess fluid and proteins leak out of the blood vessels and eventually overwhelm the lymphatic system that cannot draw the leakage away fast enough. This results in fluid build up in the facial skin. It can become bulbous and enlarged (rhinophyma). This is a very rare complication and tends to affect males much more than females.
Some factors can aggravate rosacea or make it worse by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin. Below are some of these factors:
- Hot foods
- Hot drinks
- Spicy foods
- Dairy products
- Extremes of temperature
- Stress, anxiety, anger, embarrassment
- Hot baths
- Some medications - such as those for treating high blood pressure
- Acute medical conditions - such as a cold, cough or fever
- Some chronic medical conditions - such as hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Alcohol - alcohol does not cause rosacea, but it can be a trigger for people with the condition. Rosacea is not caused by alcohol abuse.
What are Cold Sores?
Cold sores (a cold sore), also known as fever blisters, are small sores, or blister-like lesions on the face or inside the mouth. They usually cause pain, a burning sensation, or itching before they burst and crust over. Most commonly, cold sores appear on the lips, chin, cheeks, inside the nostrils and less frequently no the gums or the palate (roof of the mouth).
The sores are caused by the herpes simplex viruses; the most common cause of sores around the mouth is herpes simplex type 1, or HSV-1. Much less commonly, cold sores may be caused by HSV-2 (herpes simplex type 2.)
Cold sores are different from canker sores. However, people sometimes mistakenly associate one with the other. A canker sore is a small crater in the lining of the mouth - it is frequently painful. Canker sores are also known as aphthous ulcers. Canker sores occur in the soft tissue of the mouth, where cold sores do nor appear.
- Mental stress
- Deep sadness or upset
- An injury to the affected area
- Intense sunlight
What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's Foot is a fungal skin infection that can cause peeling, redness, itching, burning and sometimes blisters and sores. Athlete's Foot is contagious, passes by direct contact, sharing shoes worn by infected person, or by walking barefoot in areas such as locker rooms or near pools.
ResQ Organics Skin Treatment is extremely effective in treating this condition.
Directions: Keeping feet and the inside of shoes clean and dry is important in treatment.
Apply ResQ Organic Skin Treatment to affected area several times daily.
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