Facts about Eczema and Staph Skin Ailments
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.
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 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
- Find out what causes allergic symptoms. Protect yourself from the source of allergy
- Stress can worsen eczema, learn to relax
- Protect yourself from UV rays of the sun, wear sunscreen
- Avoid hot showers or baths
- Never scratch your skin
- Avoid using strong scented soaps or shower gels
- Stop smoking
- Avoid areas filled with smoke
- Protect yourself from dust and sand particles
- 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 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.
© 2012 Nithya Venkat