Eczema Bulletin, Issue #009 - You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema
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This is the 9th edition of Eczema Bulletin. It will bring you articles and news about eczema, and also any updates to what-is-eczema.com. If you would like to add any suggestions for articles or news, or even add your own then I would love to hear from you
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This month's Eczema Bulletin includes
- April's Featured Article – You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema
- My favourite eczema news article
- Tip of the Month
- 5 Ways To.....swim comfortably with eczema
Featured Article - You're Never Too Old To Develop Eczema
This month's article is inspired by a message I received through the website. It was from a lady who is in her seventies. She first got eczema in May 2012.
It is often thought that eczema first occurs in childhood. Sometimes in later life it rears it's itchy head.
The four main types of eczema that can occur in later years are
You can click on the links to find out more about each of these types of eczema.
The symptoms can start because of genetics, or any exposure to allergens and irritants.
As we get older,
changes in our skin can make us more prone to eczema. Our skin becomes thinner. It also becomes rough and dry, causing it to lose it's elasticity. This can cause breaks to occur, allowing allergens and irritants into the skin.
The best way to deal with eczema in older people is prevention. Keeping the skin moisturised. Some people may need help to apply creams or lotions. This is where problems may start.
If someone doesn’t have anyone to help, the condition may get worse. It may also mean that the sufferer may not be able to get to their doctor, to get the proper advice and treatments.
If you have an older relative that you suspect may have eczema, or if you are older yourself, then a visit to the doctor is vital. You can get a proper diagnosis. If it is eczema you can find out which type it is, how to treat it, then how to manage it.
Eczema News Article
An Australian mum has produced a new, innovative sleeping bag. It has been specially designed to help children with eczema to have a better night's sleep.
This sleeping bag is made from natural bamboo and organic cotton. Neither of them irritate eczematous skin. It is also designed in a way that protects the skin from scratching.
It has benefited many families all over the world.
If you would like to find out more, visit syn-con.com to read more on this news story
Tip Of The Month - Avoiding Monosodium Glutamate
MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, is a flavouring enhancer added to some foods. It has been reported for a while that it can cause allergic reactions in some people.
One of the reasons for this tip is because a few years ago I found out that I had an intolerance to MSG. It was also suggested to me that it may make my eczema symptoms worse. I wasn’t really sure what it was in, so decided to do a bit of research.
I found it was commonly used in numerous foods
- Chinese takeaway
- Chain restaurant and fast food
- Convenience frozen foods, including fish fingers and pizzas
- Processed snacks, including crisps, or potato chips
- Fermented foods, like soy sauce and aged cheese
Some companies have stopped using MSG in their products.
In Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, companies are required to say if their products contain it. So if you want to avoid MSG, check the labels, or look to
find which companies don’t use it.
Eating out maybe a little harder. A lot of places would probably be unsure if their food contains monosodium glutamate or not.
After doing some research I realised that after eating Chinese takeaway, my skin felt itchier, and looked a little inflamed. It maybe a coincidence, but I decided to try and avoid MSG. Though I love fish fingers and crisps, so it isn’t completely out of my life! I just keep an eye on my skin to make sure that I don’t get a severe reaction to anything.