The effects of eczema span beyond the skin surface. In fact, a new study suggests that eczema sufferers are more likely to experience other medical conditions, including heart disease.
Eczema causes dry, red, itchy patches on the skin. Researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg said, “Although it affects the skin, eczema is not just skin-deep. This disease can have a serious impact on patients’ quality of life and overall health, both physically and mentally.”
Eczema has been linked to asthma, hay fever, heart disease, food allergies, obesity, and fever.
Why eczema is associated with other medical conditions is unclear. Researchers speculate it may have to do with eczema-related inflammation. On the other hand, its adverse health effects may be rooted in the sleep troubles and poor lifestyle habits experienced among eczema patients.
Furthermore, eczema patients are at a higher risk for other skin infections and irritations, and frequent scratching of the rash may contribute to other complications as well.
Controlling flare-ups can help minimize the risk of concomitant health problems arising in eczema patients. If you have eczema, you should speak to your doctor about a long-term treatment plan to help you better manage your skin condition.
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