Eczema - atopic dermatitis - skin marker of internal problems.
The presence of eczema is a signal that other body systems may also be affected. Eczema is one of the most common immunologic (i.e. involving our own immune system) conditions in the world. Although eczema is visible to the naked eye, it is also associated with internal conditions such as asthma and hay fever. People who see patches of itchy, dry, flaky skin or bumpy red skin on their face, forearms and/or legs and try to cure them with creams are ignoring the fact that other body areas, such as their nasal tract, respiratory system or scalp, may also be affected.
Dermatologist, Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko of the Youthful Image Edmonton Clinic says that immunological problems do not restrict themselves to skin alone.
Asthma, or difficulty breathing, and an overactive nasal tract is strongly linked to eczema. The American Academy of Medicine (AAM) studies showed that 75% of people who suffered from congenital atopic dermatitis also suffered from some degree of asthma. Similarly, people who have demonstrated strong symptoms of eczema such as pustules (pus-filled raised spots on the skin), red swollen rashes and itchy skin breakouts, are also 40% more likely to demonstrate symptoms of hay fever (easy nasal allergies). Runny and congested nose, watery and runny eyes, cough, sneezing, itchy mouth and sinus cavity pressure are the most common symptoms of hay fever.
Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko of Edmonton’s leading dermatology clinic says that it’s important for patients to understand that eczema is a lifelong problem that has to be managed suitably. All patients who have eczema or are experiencing suspicious symptoms are advised to contact their family doctor or a dermatologist and get a proper diagnosis and receive available treatment options.
The above information is publicly available from multiple library and scientific community sources and is intended for general information only. It does not replace a visit and a discussion with your family doctor or a dermatologist.
Dr. Sapijaszko and his team are conducting studies to help people with eczema (atopic dermatitis). If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 780-424-4440 ext. 3 or email us.
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