Eczema (from Greek ἔκζεμα ēkzema, “to boil over”) is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin. The word eczema comes from Greek words, that mean “to boil over”. Both terms, dermatitis and eczema refer to exactly the same skin condition. In some languages, dermatitis and eczema are synonymous, while in other languages dermatitis implies an acute condition and “eczema” a chronic one.

In implementing LifeStyle Strategies it is important to take note of triggers and factors that axacerbate eczema, and eliminate the ones you have control over. There are some which are purely an end result of circumstance such as enviromental factors and pregnancy for instance. Another issue is the inflammatory process which is a serious under lying process responsible for the onset of many chronic disease. This is why if you have this condition seeing a LifeStyle Medicine Strategist who practices First Line Therapy should be your first choice in the line of treatment. The approach it taking a look at the whole you and the root cause- and not just treating signs and symptoms.

If you have any questions or would like to work with me- contact me.

Dr Pat

Below is the list of known factors and triggers…

-Dust mites allergies
-Pollen allergies
-Over-washing hands
-Frequent bathing
-Thyroid imbalances
-Infections (staph, strep, or herpes simplex)
-Dry, cold weather (decreased humidity)
-Wool clothing or blankets
-Emotional stress (this is not a cause, but makes it worse)