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National Eczema Week

Eczema is a skin disease that stems from inflammation of the skin. Also known as dermatitis, eczema is characterized by red patches, flaky skin, and intense itch, most commonly seen in children. During National Eczema Week, starting on September 13 and going through September 19, the prevalence and awareness of the disease are highlighted with the mission to let the public know it’s more common than a rash to ignore. 
The first mention of eczema was in 400 BC when Hippocrates spoke of a skin condition similar to eczema. It took until 1933 for eczema, a.k.a. Dermatitis to became an official term. The cure for eczema was found on September 21, 1948. The common treatment for eczema, and many other skin conditions, hydrocortisone, was invented. The National Eczema association was then organized in December of 1988 in Portland, Oregon.
The areas where most people are prone to develop eczema varies with age. Younger people may see it more often on their elbows, torso, or neck, while adults are more likely to see it on their faces and hands. Four out of every five kids that develop eczema at an early age will see it disappear in adulthood. However, dry skin may persist, and stressful episodes may cause it to reappear. The good news is that eczema is not contagious and you cannot give it to friends or family.
So, how can you help observe National Eczema Week? You can always donate to the National Eczema Association. Go to their website and follow steps to give your part in aiding their cause. You can also learn about eczema and become more knowledgeable about the condition by looking over articles, documentaries, and studies about the topic. Lastly, check-in on anyone you know who suffers from eczema. Eczema has been linked to mental distress, so checking in on friends and family is a great thing you can do. 
Skin is the largest organ in the body. It accounts for up to one-fifth of your body’s weight, so it is vital to take care of it. If you find yourself experiencing any of the eczema symptoms, come stop by our First Care clinics, and we will be sure to prescribe you a cream to treat your symptoms. Visit our website for more information.