There can be health complications associated with eczema. One of the most typical eczema complications is skin infection due to constant scratching. The complications that can come with eczema include:
- Infections – People with eczema are very susceptible to skin infections like impetigo. These skin infections are often caused by pathogens like herpes simplex and staphylococcal infection entering the skin. Breaks in the skin occur from persistent scratching of the itchy areas giving the pathogens a way inside the skin. Symptoms of skin infection can include fever blisters, cold sores, bumps filled with pus and skin redness. If you observe these symptoms report them immediately to your doctor
- Neurodermatitis – This skin disorder is the result of persistent itching that causes skin discoloration, thickening rawness and redness of the affected skin. This condition is innocuous but it can lead to the permanent thickening and discoloration of the skin. Scarring due to constant scratching can also result from this condition.
- Self-Confidence – A lot of eczema sufferers are affected emotionally from their skin condition. They may become self-conscious and embarrassed and therefore may suffer from low self-esteem. The relief of their emotional stress and the proper treatment can make these sufferers cope better with their problem.
- Discomfort – Eczema sufferers reluctant to exercise or avoid it altogether since sweating makes their symptoms (itching) worse. To offset this problem, clothe yourself in layers so your sweat can be properly absorbed and you may cool down immediately after you exercise. If you’re experiencing a flare-up of your eczema, avoid any rigorous physical activity.
- Eye Complications – Some of the eye complications that can come from eczema include:
- Watering of the eyes
- Hyperpigmented eyelids
- Dennie-Morgan fold (that is the extra fold of skin under eye).
Other complications one can develop from eczema include:
- Allergic shiners
- Lichenification due to constant rubbing and scratching
- Molluscum contagiosum