Eczema effects span beyond the skin surface

Eczema effects span beyond the skin surfaceThe 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.

Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: Shingles vs. eczema, differences in symptoms, causes, and treatments

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.