Separating Eczema from Fiction

Myth: All patients with eczema-prone skin experience the same level of severity.

Fact: Eczema is an umbrella term for skin that is dry, irritated, itchy and sometimes red. However, patients with eczema-prone skin can experience flare-ups of different severity levels.

Myth: Eczema is caused by poor hygiene.

Fact: Eczema does not reflect skin cleanliness, and it is not caused by a lack of hygiene. On the contrary, washing your skin too vigorously or too frequently may trigger flare-ups or exacerbate the condition.

Myth: Your lifestyle will always be restricted when you have eczema.

Fact: If you’re living with eczema-prone skin, it does not have to limit the way you live and the things you can do. While it’s true that certain activities (that cause excessive sweating, for example) may trigger flare-ups, it does not mean that you must completely avoid these activities. The key to managing eczema is to moisturise regularly and to adhere to any medication regimen prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Myth: Eczema is contagious.

Fact: Eczema is not a condition that can be spread, and physical contact between people with eczema-prone skin and those without eczema-prone skin will not spread the condition.

Myth: Eczema will leave permanent and severe scars.

Fact: When managed well, eczema does not generally leave permanent scars. Discolouration and skin thinning may occur due to scratching but proper care will prevent permanent scarring.

Myth: Eczema does not have to be treated because children will grow out of it.

Fact: Some children may grow out of eczema. However, it is still essential to manage eczema properly in order to have a good quality of life. Constant itching and scratching may deprive children of sleep, which is important for their development.

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