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Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects 15-20% of children during their early years, normally appearing before their 2nd birthday. Most will grow out of it by the time they reach the teenage years. Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled and eased with various treatments.
What causes it?
Scientists really don't know for sure but it seems to run in families. The different types of eczema are:-
Eczema in children can be very distressing as they find it incredibly hard not to scratch and therefore infect the dry areas.
What Can Be Done?
Dry bandages may also be used, and a technique known as wet wrapping. This is where bandages are soaked in steroid cream and then placed on the affected areas with a dry bandage wrapped on top. This is done to encourage the emollient to soak into the skin.
Homeopathy and complementary medicines can be used as indeed can Chinese herbs. These treatments are not necessarily proved as being successful but may provide comfort.
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