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Facts about Eczema and Staph Skin Ailments

Updated on October 8, 2018
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Nithya Venkat is a skin care enthusiast who loves to research and write about topics that involves all aspects of skin care.

Bacterial Cells of Staphylococcus aureus
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The key to treating eczema and staph skin infections is to know what causes these conditions and strictly adhere to the specified treatment on a daily basis. If eczema and staph skin infections are severe, consult a dermatologist instead of using over the counter medications.

Knowing about the source of infection is crucial to handle such situations.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that affects the skin. It can occur in any area of the body - on the face, near the eyes, eyelids, the bend of the elbows, behind the knees, neck, and upper chest areas.

This type of a skin condition is characterized by the following symptoms -

  • reddish, itchy, scaly and dry skin
  • severe itching

The severity of the above-mentioned symptoms tends to increase during the evening and night.

Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Eczema can be due to genetic inheritance, extreme dryness or extra sensitiveness of the skin. In some cases, eczema can be caused by a weak auto-immune system.

How to take care of eczema?

Treating eczema should be done on a daily basis. The important point to remember is to continue treatment even if you find that your skin condition has improved. Stopping treatment in-between will worsen the condition.

Apply an emollient

An emollient makes dry skin smooth and supple. People affected with eczema must find out which emollient is best suited for the skin

In some cases, one emollient may be good for the hands and legs but not suited for other areas of the body. In such a case use two different emollients that suit those areas.This can be done only by trial and error method.

After a bath pat, the skin dry gently. Do not rub, rubbing further inflames the skin. Apply the emollient on the skin and rub in gently. Use as when the skin becomes dry.

Do not stop using the emollient if you find your skin becoming less dry. This will worsen the condition. Continue applying the emollient.

Anti-histamines

Histamines are chemicals that are produced when the body comes in contact with allergens. When the production of histamines is reduced, the intensity of eczema also reduces. Anti-histamine medications ease the eczema condition considerably.

Alitretinoin

Alitretinoin is prescribed by dermatologists for extreme cases of eczema.

Dermatologists may prescribe antibiotics when eczema becomes infected. Antibiotic tablets or an antibiotic cream is prescribed depending on the condition.

What to do

  1. Find out what causes allergic symptoms. Protect yourself from the source of allergy
  2. Stress can worsen eczema, learn to relax
  3. Protect yourself from UV rays of the sun, wear sunscreen
  4. Avoid hot showers or baths
  5. Never scratch your skin
  6. Avoid using strong scented soaps or shower gels
  7. Stop smoking
  8. Avoid areas filled with smoke
  9. Protect yourself from dust and sand particles
  10. Avoid wearing clothes that poke or irritate the skin

(when skin becomes bruised, Staphylococcus aureus can easily enter into the skin, and you can develop Staph skin ailments).


Staph Skin

Staph skin is a condition caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. They are commonly found on the skin and in the mucous membrane of the nose.

Staphylococcus bacteria can cause infections when they enter the skin through cuts or cracks on the skin. The best way to avoid Staphylococci infection is by taking care of your skin and treating cuts and bruises immediately.

People with diabetes should take extra care of their skin.

How to take care of staph skin?

Staphylococcus aureus lives by eating away healthy skin cells. They get under the skin through cuts and bruises causing Staph infections.

Antibiotics are prescribed for Staph infections. For example methicillin. Over the years, new strains of Staphylococcus aureus have developed that are resistant to methicillin. In such a case another antibiotic that kills the new strain of bacteria is administered.

To confirm that the infection is due to Staphylococcus bacteria a culture test is done. The culture test reveals the antibiotics that can attack such a strain.

Read and keep in mind -

  • Always follow doctor’s instructions for application of antibiotic creams and internal medication.
  • Staph infections can cause wounds and abscess. If the wound is filled with pus, then the fluid is drained. The wound is then covered with a bandage.
  • The wound should regularly be cleaned, and the bandages should be changed with every cleaning.
  • Staphylococcus aureus infections can be life-threatening if the bacteria enter the blood stream. If you suspect that you have such an infection, bandage the area and go to the nearest clinic.
  • Staphylococcus bacterial infections are contagious. Extra care should be taken when treating a person infected with Staphylococcus bacteria.

Timely treatment and following instructions of your doctor are critical while treating such skin ailments.

References

medicine.net

mayoclinic

webMD

© 2012 Nithya Venkat

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you for reading and commenting in detail.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to Treat Eczema and Staph Skin Ailments, a problem that often deteriorates when people don't take care of their dry skin, the constant scratching makes it worse. Well-pointed out and most informative on this topic, certainly a useful hub

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Vinaya Ghimire thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      I know people who have this ailment. Thanks for sharing thus useful and informative hub.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      mary615 the bad staph is still around and it is really scary. Thank you for the vote and the share.

      whounwho thank you for stopping by and reading.

      pinto2011 thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Subhas 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really full of knowledge and helpful to so many sufferers.

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      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      A very helpful work and one that is interesting for all. Thank you for sharing this important information about skin problems. whonu

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Great informative article. I worked in a hospital for many years and we used to see much more staph than today, thank goodness. The "bad" staph is still around and does not respond to antibiotics. Makes me afraid to go into the hospital for any reason for fear of contracting this.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Sunshine625 thank you and I hope my hub is of use to them.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent tips Vellur! I know a few people with eczema and will share your advice with them.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Mama Kim thank you for stopping by and yes not using soap at all is the best thing to do.

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      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      I have eczema and how you described to treat it is right on! You really do have to stay on top of it. I usually have to use a special lotion at least 3 times a day and if you stop it really does come right back! Another thing my doctor mentioned is to be careful not to use any harsh soaps they can further irritate the skin and in some cases she recommends not using soap at all.. just water.

      Fantastic hub, voting a bunch ^_^

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thanks for stopping by. Thank you for the vote and share too.

      Your Cousins I hope your condition is improving. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I always deal with eczema in the wintertime, when my skin tends to get very dry. I just can't seem to put on enough lotion and cream to satifsy. Guess I'll have to start avoiding those hot showers that I love. Thanks for the useful information in this hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative and useful. Voted up/useful and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      AudreyHowitt thank you for reading, much appreciated.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Such an informative hub!! Thank you!!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Eiddwen thank you for stopping by and reading. Thank you for your votes too.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful.

      I vote up.

      Eddy.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 starting treatment early is the best thing to do. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      You are right, catching it early on and keeping continuous treatment is a must. I know people who let it go and they ended up in the hospital. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      billybuc yes it can be very severe. Timely treatment is the key. Thank you.

      devisree yes right treatment at the right time is the best. Thanks for stopping by.

      Pavlo Badovsky yes, I am glad too.

      always exploring thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.

      Gypy Rose Lee thank you for reading, vote up and sharing. Much appreciated.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thank you for sharing this informative and useful hub. Passing this on.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great info. on treatment for skin disease. Thank you..

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Gosh , I am glad I do not have anything like this ... :)

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      devisree 

      5 years ago from India

      Thanks for the informative hub.

      Nowadays skin diseases are common .Right treatment at the right time will help to cure the diseases. voted up

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information; I have seen others with staph and it can be nasty stuff, and should be treated immediately.

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