Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. Eczema symptoms include red itchy rash and dry skin, and over time rough hard thickened skin may occur. It is most common in infants where it occurs in around 1 in 5 children under 2 years of age, it can also occur in older children and adults but usually improves with age. Known eczema triggers in most people include:

  • Dry skin
  • Contact with house dust mite allergen on the skin can increase inflammation
  • Playing in sand and particularly sandpits
  • Sitting directly on carpets or grass
  • Inhalant allergens – worsening of eczema in spring and summer may also be due to pollen sensitivity
  • Temperature changes (such as heat) or overly heated rooms
  • Close contact with animals can cause itching or hives, as can sitting and playing on the grass

Eczema facts:

  • Although there is no cure, most people can effectively manage their disease by medical eczema treatment and by avoiding irritants
  • Around 10% of children worldwide are diagnosed with eczema

Sources:
Australasian society of clinical immunology and allergy
WebMD


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Facts

  • An average person spends ONE THIRD of his or her life in bed

  • Over 50% of all allergic asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites - "Asthma Society of Canada"

  • 40% of UAE asthmatics are children - "World Health Organization"

  • One in eight adults in the UAE is asthmatic - "Emirates Respiratory Society"

  • Indoor air pollution can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor pollution - "US Environment Protection Agency (EPA)"

  • Dust mite excrement contains the chemical Guanine which is the second leading allergen source of all allergies and asthmas

  • Dust mites excrete twice their body weight per day

  • A gram (about a half teaspoon) of dust contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets

  • If you often wake up with congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, or sneezing, then you are probably allergic to dust mites

  • Dust mite populations increase rapidly. Each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 new mites per week

  • Dust mites "poop" about 20 times a day in the mattress

  • The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation, and the weight of the average pillow increases 10% each year

  • It is recommended that the mattress be sanitized at least twice a year, or every three months in case of any allergy sufferer in the household

  • Dust mite populations peak during hot and humid environment