What does severe eczema look like?
Affected areas may be red (light skin) or darker brown, purple, or ash gray (brown skin). Dry, scaly areas. Warmth, possibly also with some swelling. Small, rough bumps.
How bad can eczema be?
Eczema in and of itself is not life-threatening, but if uncontrolled, it can have life-threatening complications. We can usually catch it early and manage it. However, some bacteria and viruses can cause infections in patients with eczema, leading to serious or potentially life-threatening complications.
What do I do if my eczema is really bad?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Even just petroleum jelly, or hydrated petrolatum, which are both widely available, can really help dry, irritated skin. And while they feel greasy when you put them on, usually the skin soaks them right up.
Can severe eczema be cured?
Can eczema (atopic dermatitis) be cured? Eczema is a chronic condition, which means that it cannot be cured. Treatments, however, are very effective in reducing the symptoms of itchy, dry skin.
What happens if you dont treat eczema?
As atopic eczema can cause your skin to become cracked and broken, there’s a risk of the skin becoming infected with bacteria. The risk is higher if you scratch your eczema or do not use your treatments correctly. Signs of a bacterial infection can include: fluid oozing from the skin.
When should you go to the hospital for eczema?
See a doctor if you or your child are experiencing: Discomfort and pain that keeps you from sleeping or functioning normally. Excessive eczema symptoms even after trying over-the-counter or home treatments. Worsening skin infections — especially if they include pus, red streaks, or yellow scabs.
Does eczema spread when scratched?
Itchiness is a prominent eczema symptom, but scratching can trigger the release of inflammatory substances that create more inflammation. This causes rashes to get bigger or spread. Doctors refer to this as the itch-scratch cycle.