Is eczema contagious, and how is it that I have only had two break outs this bei

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    jenksbearposted 10 years ago

    Is eczema contagious, and how is it that I have only had two break outs this being far worse?

    I had the same thing under my eyes a few years back the doc did not know what it was and put me on steriods and it went away. Now it is back and in more than one place it also seems to be spreading...can someone help?

  2. wychic profile image82
    wychicposted 10 years ago

    No, it's not contagious, though the intensity of the breakouts may vary depending on the root causes and a number of other factors. Often, eczema is the result of or aggravated by allergic reactions, stress factors, or even the lack of sunlight. It is not uncommon for it to completely go away for a time and then come back.

  3. framistan profile image61
    framistanposted 10 years ago

    I think you might have some success if you switch off of WHITE bread and start eating WHOLE GRAIN breads... FLAX seed bread or just flax seed powder sprinkled on your food from the health food store.  If you try that for a FEW WEEKS, I think you will see improvement.  Flax seed has not much taste so you can sprinkle it on foods without affecting taste. There are 2 theories of how to treat illnesses:

       EVOLUTIONARY :  The body is a random collection of chemicals.  Diseases should be treated with DRUG THERAPY.

      CREATION:   The body was designed by an allwise Creator. He designed the food supply to provide our needs...  Illnesses should be treated with NUTRITION THERAPY.

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    missmelindajposted 10 years ago

    I'm not sure but these products are made for sensitive skin eczema sufferers

  5. Dr Emily Altman profile image61
    Dr Emily Altmanposted 10 years ago

    Eczema is not contagious.  Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic itchy skin condition that has both genetic and environmental causes.
    Genetic causes include a family history of eczema, allergies, hay fever and asthma. Allergies to aspirin and penicillin also tend to be common in families with atopic dermatitis.
    Environmental causes include just about anything that can dry or irritate skin, such as hot dry air indoors, cold dry air outdoors, hot showers, harsh soaps or laundry detergents, scrubbing your skin with washcloths or buffpuffs when bathing and not enough moisturizing.
    People with eczema do best in moderate temperatures and humidity levels, as eczema tends to flare when during the cold times of the year as well as during heat and high humidity.
    Because it is very itchy, skin with eczema can get infected with bacteria from scratching, so before any treatment, your skin needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist.
    If there is no infection, ezcema is frequently treated with topical steroid ointments or creams.
    A word of warning here: steroid creams or ointments are not intended for use on eyelid skin, as use of steroid creams there can lead to increased intraocular pressure and cause vision problems. The best place to start for eyelid eczema is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) several times a day. Also, nail polish, funny enough, can irritate eyelid skin as we commonly use the backs of our fingers to scratch the eyelids.  If there is no resolution of eyelid eczema with petroleum jelly, see your dermatologist.
    Taking steroid pills does help eczema, but we almost never use it as treatment because eczema tends to recur as soon as steroid pills are discontinued.
    Controlling the environment and daily moisturizing with a fragrance-free, dye-free cream made for sensitive skin, such as Eucerin, Cetaphil, Aveeno or CeraVe helps prevent many eczema outbreaks.


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