Eczema has been called “the itch that rashes” because the itching usually occurs first. This group of skin rashes may first appear in babies and toddlers, becoming a drier, flaky rash in older children. Adults may see scaly, leathery patches or a stubborn hand eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a common, often inherited form, but not contagious.
- red, scaly areas
- small rough bumps
- thick leathery patches
- bumps that leak fluid and crust over
Itching is the defining symptom. Once you start scratching, the skin becomes inflamed and even itchier. About 1/2 of people who had atopic dermatitis as a child will have the condition as an adult.
There’s a link between atopic dermatitis and hay fever or asthma. If a parent has hay fever or asthma, their children are more likely to have the skin condition. About 1/2 of children with atopic dermatitis will go on to develop hay fever or asthma.
The substances that bring on an allergy attack can cause some people with atopic dermatitis to break out in a rash. Food allergies can also trigger a flare-up. These allergens cause the immune system to overreact, activating cells that produce inflammation in the skin.
If you are suffering from eczema, salt therapy will come to your aid by activating multiple physiological processes in your body. The salt will have favorable effects on your hair and on the blood microcirculation of the skin. Our microclimate will also kill bacteria and fungi and it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. As the course progresses, the itching sensation on your skin stops and minor cracks vanish. Salt therapy sessions will also help you overcome your dependence on prescription drugs. Besides making your skin look good and feel better, speleotherapy also reduces stress and strengthens your immune system so you won’t fall prey to disease easily.