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Itchy Skin & Eczema: Debunking Common Myths

itchy skinAre you one of 30 million Americans who suffer with itchy skin? This rash is known as eczema, a condition that affects both children and adults. Symptoms such as rough patches and inflamed skin are common among eczema sufferers. Unfortunately, myths about eczema are floating around the Internet, causing people to delay treatment.

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Discover the truth behind frustrating eczema myths:

Myth #1: Eczema can spread to other people.

Eczema is not contagious. This red, bumpy rash develops due to genetic and developmental factors. You cannot “catch” eczema simply by coming into contact with it. However, eczema is able to spread to various body parts (on the same person).

Myth #2: If I don’t scratch, it will go away.

Scratching definitely irritates the itchy skin and makes it worse. Even if you are able to avoid scratching during the day, you may scratch your rash in your sleep unknowingly. This results in restless sleep and daytime grogginess. But, simply not scratching is not a cure for eczema.

Myth #3: I can’t swim in pools due to my rash.

With summer heat quickly approaching, you are likely looking forward to a refreshing dip in the pool. You don’t have to worry about your eczema worsening when it comes in contact with pool water. The chlorine may actually help kill excess bacteria associated with your rash. When you’re done swimming, rinse off and apply prescribed moisturizer to your itchy skin.

Myth #4: There is no treatment for my itchy skin.

Although a permanent cure has yet to be found, the Langford Allergy team has many option available to help you find relief – hydrocortisone cream, oral antihistamines, and prescription-strength moisturizer are just a few. By treating your eczema, you will likely notice an increase in daytime energy and nighttime sleep.

Let us help you love the skin you’re in. Contact Langford Allergy today to schedule an appointment.