In some cases, eczema can cause additional health complications. A skin infection brought on by constant itching is the most common medical problem brought on by eczema. Other eczema complications include:
Eczema sufferers are more prone to skin infections, including impetigo. Skin infections are usually due to staphylococcal infection and herpes simplex, because scratching creates a break in the skin, allowing bacteria and viruses to enter. It helps to be aware of the signs, which include redness, pus-filled bumps, cold sores, or fever blisters. If these symptoms appear, immediately tell your physician or pediatrician.
Neurodermatitis is skin condition brought on by frequent itching that leaves skin thickened, red, raw, and darker in color than the rest of your skin. While this is not a dangerous condition, it may result in permanent discoloration and thickening of skin even when eczema is not active. Consistent scratching can also lead to scarring.
Many adults and children with eczema report feeling embarrassed and self-conscious about their skin. Receiving proper treatment and getting stress under control can help calm the skin condition. Support groups also help sufferers cope. The National Eczema Association offers support groups and telephone support.
Discomfort Caused by Physical Activity
Vigorous exercise can be hard to manage with eczema because sweating can bring on a bout of itching. Dress in layers so you can cool down while exercising. You may want to avoid intense physical activity during an eczema flare-up.