Identifying and Treating Weeping Eczema

If you had never heard of eczema you might think that “weeping eczema” is a tree in the willow family.  Actually, eczema is type of skin disorder and weeping eczema is type or stage of this disease.

What is eczema?

The typical symptom of eczema is an intense itching sensation.  There are several variations of eczema.  Diagnosing which specific variation of eczema you are suffering from requires that your dermatologist take care to analyze your specific symptoms; once your dermatologist has identified the specific eczema you have, she can determine the proper course to follow.

In addition, the natural progression of the disease further complicates diagnosis.  As eczema matures, it manifests itself in various ways.  Furthermore, there are levels of severity; some people barely experience the disease while others have symptoms that are quite intense.  In its least intense forms, the skin takes on a raw reddish look and lacks moisture.  The sufferer will experience an increased feeling of heat (as if the skin were sun burnt) and feel a need to itch the affected areas.  In this least intense form, eczema gives way to topical moisturizing solutions that not only soothe the skin but also create a barrier against further irritation from other causes.

The Developmental Stages of “Weeping Eczema”

More specifically, weeping eczema progresses slowly.  In the beginning, the skin feels raw--somewhat as I have described in the less intense case above.  This early presentation, however, soon gives way to more intense manifestations of the disease.  The disease may even affect the skin to such an extent that the skin breaks and bleeding occurs—thus, the name, “weeping eczema.” 

After this “wet” stage, however, the skin dries out, becoming exposed, and cracked like a desert floor.  This is when weeping eczema reaches its most complete manifestation when, despite this dry, cracked outer layer, blood and pussy liquid “tears” from the cracks.  This process is not only socially embarrassing, but continues to make the unlucky victim want to scratch at the irritated, pussy mess.  It is definitely not anything most people want to share with their friends.

Even worse, the seepage can colonize unaffected areas with which it comes into contact.  If you touch the affected area and then touch say your leg, you may soon find that spot on your leg is now beginning to dry and go through the same stages of eczema.  For this reason, it is very important that you wash carefully and keep the area where the weeping eczema is flowing, dry.  Dab at it with a clean cloth whenever it flows.

Treatments

Certain clothing precautions will soothe weeping eczema sufferers.  First, try to wear clothes made from natural fibers that breathe well, like cotton. Second, make sure to wash your wardrobe with a hypoallergenic detergent that uses lower concentrations of the chemicals; many of the chemicals used in regular detergent are most likely to act as irritants.  If you are prone to eczema, this practice may actually be a good habit to keep even when you are not currently having an outbreak since it may prevent future occurrences.

Another helpful action is to apply a mildly wet cloth (or medical gauze) to the affected area two to three times per day.  Be careful not to apply these cloths too firmly as the affected area needs to breathe.  Cover the affected area for up to a quarter of an hour.  If you feel any heat or irritation, exchange your cloth with a new clean cloth.  This procedure should help revive and recover the health of the outer skin.

When the surface is no longer “tearing,” you can apply dermatological solutions to the affected areas.  Solutions containing Vitamin A and B are especially helpful.  Vitamin A, applied directly to the surface of the skin helps dissipate rough patches.  Vitamin B increases the vigor and resilience of your skin and helps more skin develop.  Vitamin B also helps restore the normal interaction of bodily fluids in and around the affected areas.


 

 

 


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