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Follicular Eczema

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author image Kiki Michelle
Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Kiki Michelle has been writing health-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Environmental Science and Technology Magazine." Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University.
Follicular Eczema
Follicular eczema can appear anywhere on the body. Photo Credit Antonio Gravante/iStock/Getty Images

Eczema is a condition of the skin that makes it dry and itchy. Follicular eczema occurs in the hair follicles and is typically found on the back, arms and upper thighs, but it can appear anywhere on the body. The causes of eczema vary, but you can take a number of preventive measures and treatments to help relieve this uncomfortable condition.

Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is characterized by thick, cracked and scaly skin. It can be red or brown in color and may be raw or sensitive from excessive scratching. According to MayoClinic.com, the exact cause of eczema is unknown, but immune system problems are likely to play a role. Eczema tends to run in families but can affect anyone. It most often begins in childhood and then periodically flares up throughout adulthood.

Overview of Follicular Eczema

Follicular eczema is not a serious condition and is fairly uncommon. People with this skin condition suffer from small rough, red bumps around their hair follicles. These bumps can become inflamed, itchy and bleed, depending on the severity of the eczema. Even while the condition is under control, those with follicular eczema are prone to break-outs their entire life under certain conditions.

Causes

Follicular eczema can be cause by stress, poor diet, weather changes, allergies and illnesses such as asthma. Follicular eczema is incurable, therefore it is best to manage these possible risk factors before the condition worsens.

Prevention

To avoid follicular eczema flare-ups, refrain from scratching affected areas, as this tends to exacerbate the condition. Also try to wear clothing made of natural fibers, as this may irritate your skin less. Keep your skin moisturized, and avoid repeatedly changing skin products. Managing your stress levels with exercise may also help control your follicular eczema.

Treatment

Although no cures are known for this condition, a number of ways to reduce the number and severity of flare-ups exist. Gentle, fragrance-free moisturizing lotions are best for taming your eczema. Aloe vera and topical steroids are also often used to treat follicular eczema outbreaks. If facing a severe case of follicular eczema, consult your doctor for advice on the best treatment for this condition.

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