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Eczema can have a significant impact on various aspects of a person's life, affecting physical health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. Having a skin condition like eczema can influence how you perceive yourself, interact with others, and navigate the world around you. It is not just a matter of physical discomfort or inconvenience as it can also affect your emotional, social and personal wellbeing. Eczema is more common among women compared to men, as they are more likely to work in professions that involve frequent use of water, such as hairdressing, catering, cleaning, and other care and service careers1.

Experiencing Physical Discomfort

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The symptoms of eczema, including itching, redness, dryness, and inflammation, can cause significant physical discomfort, irritation, and pain. These symptoms will affect your daily life, as they can disrupt your sleep patterns, leading to difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, and overall poor sleep quality. Additionally, they will also affect your performance in daily activities, including school, sports activities, work, and peer relationships.

When eczema flare-ups occur, the symptoms can also interfere with your daily activities and routines, making it difficult for you to perform tasks such as bathing, dressing, and applying skincare products. You may find yourself avoiding or limiting your participation in certain activities, especially those involving sweating, exposure to water, or contact with irritants, as they may exacerbate eczema symptoms2.

Affecting Your Emotional Well-Being

They feel insecure to come out of their house because of the visible skin condition.

Besides affecting your physical well-being, living with a chronic skin condition like eczema can also take a toll on your mental health and emotional well-being. With visible skin lesions, it may be distracting and challenging for you to focus on tasks or interact with others effectively. Additionally, if you suffer from eczema, you may also need to take time off for medical appointments or to manage flare-ups. These factors can lead to increased stress, anxiety, depression, social isolation, and feelings of self-consciousness or embarrassment about your appearance.

Are there any treatments that can help reduce your eczema?

Moisturizer

Applying moisturizer.

Topical corticosteroids

Different steroid cream for eczema.

Hydrogen Therapy

Benefits of Hydrogen therapy.

If you are looking to avoid using steroids, you can consider other treatments such as hydrogen therapy. Hydrogen treatment doesn’t involve any invasive procedures or injections since the use of hydrogen to treat eczema is 100% natural, safe, and pain-free. Moreover, it will also help you feel calm and relaxed, which would also improve your mental well-being.

With its potential health benefits, hydrogen is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and works on a cellular level to reduce inflammation in your body. Additionally, it selectively eliminates toxic free radicals and helps control the level of oxidative stress. This is why consistent use of hydrogen therapy and hydrogen water every day might help you manage flare-ups and find comfort in performing your daily activities.

Discover the best solutions for your skin by exploring our hydrogen therapy and personalized treatment plans designed to address your specific eczema needs. Start your journey to healthier, more comfortable skin today!

  1. Eczema Can Affect Us All, but Some More Than Others ↩︎
  2. Eczema Physical and Emotional Effects | Rady Children's Hospital ↩︎
  3. Eczema: What It Is, Symptoms, Causes, Types & Treatment ↩︎

Shingles is a viral infection that usually causes a stripe of blisters that wraps around your torso. Although the rash can appear on any part of your body, it is most common to appear around the left or right side of your torso.

What Causes Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox may develop shingles. Sometimes the virus remains dormant within their nervous system for a long time before re-emerging as shingles.

Eventually, the virus may reactivate and travel along nerve pathways to your skin — producing shingles. But not everyone who's had chickenpox will develop shingles

The exact cause of shingles remains unclear. It may be due to lower immunity as people age. Shingles can happen at any age and in people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles isn't usually life-threatening, but can cause pain. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. Sometimes it can be intense but usually lasts for a few weeks. Some people might mistake the pain for other problems, for example heart, lungs or kidney issues.

Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.

After having shingles, you might feel constant pain for a long time or until the blisters on your body heal. This is called postherpetic neuralgia and is one of the most common complications of shingles.

Preventing Shingles

People who are eligible for vaccinations can reduce the risk of getting shingles. Early treatment makes it less likely to have complications from shingles. Nobody can say that the shingles vaccine will protect you from ever getting this illness again. However, the odds of it happening may be reduced and you're at a lesser risk of complications.

How Hydrogen Water can Help

The molecular Hydrogen in Hydrogen Water can help facilitate the healing of Shingles and assist in skin recovery. This is because Hydrogen can fight against the inflammatory free radicals in your body. Find out more about how Hydrogen can be the way to improve your health here.

Atopic Dermatits (juga dikenali sebagai AD), adalah jenis ekzema yang paling biasa terjadi di mana keadaan kulit yang gatal dan meninggalkan bintik- bintik merah, kebiasaanya berlaku di wajah, lengan, dan kaki anda. Dermatitis atopik mempengaruhi sebahagian besar populasi dunia.

Dermatitis atopik biasanya bermula pada masa kanak-kanak, biasanya pada enam bulan pertama kehidupan bayi. Walaupun ia adalah bentuk ekzema yang biasa, ia boleh menjadi gangguan yang teruk pada seumur hidup. Biasanya, AD hilang ketika kanak-kanak meningkat dewasa, tetapi sebilangan orang dewasa masih boleh menderita disebabkan AD.

Atopik merujuk kepada ”alahan”. Dermatitis atopik juga biasanya wujud bersama dua keadaan alahan lain, iaitu asma dan demam (rhinitis alergi). Orang yang menghidap asma, demam hay atau ahli keluarga dengan menghidapi AD lebih cenderung menghidapnya.

Jenis-jenis Dermatitis Atopik

Ekzema

Ekzema adalah keadaan kulit yang gatal dan meradang. Juga dikenali dalam istilah perubatan sebagai dermatitis atopik, ekzema sering berlaku di wajah, pergelangan tangan, dan permukaan siku dan lutut yang boleh menyebabkan kulit menjadi tebal. Kondisi ini bermula dari masa bayi di mana terjadi ruam merah dan sensasi gatal pada kulit menekuk, seperti di siku, belakang lutut, dan di area depan leher. Ketika tergores, ruam mengeluarkan cairan dan mengeras.

Dermatits Kontak / Sentuhan

Seperti namanya, dermatitis kontak disebabkan oleh reaksi terhadap bahan sentuhan. Dermatitis kontak alergi (sistem imun bertindak balas terhadap perangsang ) dan Dermatitis kontak (bahan kimia atau bahan lain yang merengsakan kulit anda).

Dermatitis kontak berlaku apabila anda bersentuhan dengan bahan yang merangsangkan kulit anda atau menyebabkan reaksi alergi. Ini termasuk bahan pencuci, peluntur, perhiasan, dan tumbuhan beracun lain, produk penjagaan kulit, sabun minyak wangi.

Dermatitis Dishidrotik

Ekzema jenis ini menyebabkan lepuh kecil terbentuk di tangan dan kaki anda. Ia lebih biasa pada wanita berbanding lelaki. Ia boleh disebabkan oleh alergi, tangan dan kaki yang lembap, terdedah kepada bahan seperti garam kromium, bahan pencuci, peluntur dan tekanan.

Neurodermatitis

Jenis ekzema ini seperti dengan dermatitis atopik kerana ia menyebabkan tompok tebal dan bersisik pada kulit. Neurodermatitis sering kali muncul saat penderitanya mengalami tekanan atau kontak dengan alergen. Selalunya terjadi kepada orang yang mengalami ekzema atau psoriasis yang boleh memberi tekanan kepada kulit.

Tanda-tanda dan Gejala Dermatitis Atopik (ekzema)

Ekzema biasanya akan menyebabkan kegatalan. Bagi kebanyakkan orang, kegatalan boleh berlaku dari ringan sehingga sederhana. Tetapi dalam beberapa kes, ia boleh menjadi lebih teruk dan anda mungkin mengalami kulit yang sangat meradang dan kemerahan. Kadang-kadang kegatalan menjadi teruk menyebabkan penderitanya menggaru sehingga berdarah, menjadikan keadaan ekzema bertambah teruk. Ini juga dikenali sebagai "kitaran kegatalan”.

Bagaimana dan mengapa Dermatitis Atopik berlaku?

Tidak ada sebab yang tepat di sebalik berlakunya dermatitis atopik tetapi penyelidikan menunjukkan gabungan genetik dan faktor luaran mungkin terlibat. Kajian yang diterbitkan oleh Nature Genetics mendapati bahawa beberapa orang dengan penyakit ekzema mengalami kekurangan protein untuk membina penghalang yang kuat pada lapisan kulit paling luar (epidermis).

Kumpulan ini, terutama mereka yang mempunyai dermatitis atopik mungkin mempunyai mutasi separa atau lengkap pada gen yang bertanggungjawab untuk membuat protein yang dikenali sebagai filaggrin. Filaggrin membantu badan kita untuk mengekalkan penghalang pelindung yang sihat pada epidermis.

Mutasi genetik ini akan menyebabkan kekurangan filaggrin pada lapisan epidermis yang menyebabkan keupayaan untuk mengekalkan jumlah air semula jadi pada kulit sehingga mengakibatkan kulit menjadi kering dan gatal. Kekurangan filaggrin juga membolehkan alergen memasuki kulit dan kemudian akan mencetuskan tindak balas keradangan oleh sistem imun, dan membuatkan kulit menjadi merah, ruam dan gatal. Inilah sebab utama mengapa ramai orang yang menderita dari dermatitis atopik akan cenderung mempunyai kulit yang sangat kering dan mudah dijangkiti.

Kira-kira 50-75% daripada semua kanak-kanak dengan dermatitis atopik awal sensitif terhadap alergen. Contoh alergen termasuk haiwan, debu rumah atau bahan makanan. Dermatitis atopik lebih daripada sekadar keadaan kulit yang dikenali sebagai "gatal yang ruam". Ia adalah penyakit yang disebabkan oleh sistem imun yang terlalu aktif yang menyebabkan keradangan di dalam badan. Ia juga penyebab utama keradangan dalaman yang menyebabkan simptomnya menjadi merah dan terbakar. Selain itu, menggaru hanya melegakan sementara tetapi boleh memburukkan lagi dalam jangka yang masa panjang. Ini dipanggil kitaran kegatalan.

Pada kulit yang sihat, lapisan luar (epidermis) melindungi bahan asing seperti bakteria, virus dan alergen daripada memasuki badan. Apabila anda mempunyai dermatitis atopik, lapisan luar kulit menjadii lebih lemah dan mudah terdedah kepada keradangan akibat sel-sel imun di dalam badan.

Aktivi menggaru juga akan menyumbang kepada

kerosakan sel kulit yang memudahkan bahan asing memasuki ke dalam badan.Setelah bahan asing ini menembusi penghalang kulit, sel-sel imun memberi amaran kepada tubuh bahawa ia diserang. Sel-sel imun ini bergerak ke kelenjar getah bening di dermis yang disebut sebagai lapisan kedua kulit. Setelah memasuki kelenjar getah bening, sel-sel imun ini akan mengaktifkan pelindung tubuh anda, yang disebut sel penolong T.Sel-sel imun melepaskan bahan yang menyebabkan kemerahan dan ruam pada kulit. Ini akan menyebabkan proses keradangan berterusan, sehingga kulit bertindak balas. Walaupun ruam tidak dapat dilihat dengan jelas, keradangan yang lagi masih aktif di bawah kulit.

Orang akan mudah menggaru apabila merasa gatal, dan ini akan melemahkan sel kulit di epidermis yang membolehkan lebih banyak bahan asing memasuki dan akhirnya akan meningkatkan risiko jangkitan.

Hubungan antara Dermatitis Atopik & Sistem Pernafasan

Kajian menunjukkan bahawa hampir 50% - 70% kanak-kanak dan 7% - 9% orang dewasa dengan dermatitis atopik yang teruk akan menghidapi asma. Adakah gangguan sistem imun menyebabkan reaksi berlebihan terhadap alergen yang bersentuhan dengan kulit dan saluran udara paru-paru atau adakah kulit dan saluran udara yang bertindak balas imun yang berlebihan?

Penyelidikan oleh Dr. Kopan menunjukkan bahawa masalah kulit bermula dengan kulit yang rosak atau cacat itu sendiri. Para penyelidik mendapati bahawa sel-sel pada kulit yang rosak dapat mengeluarkan limfopoietin strom thymic (TSLP), yang dapat menyebabkan tindak balas imun dan kerana keberkesanan kulit dalam mengeluarkan TSLP ke dalam sistem darah, zat ini bergerak ke seluruh tubuh kita, menyebabkan AD menyala. Ketika sampai ke paru- paru kita, ia kemudian mencetuskan ciri-ciri hipersensitif terhadap  masalah pernafasan yang boleh menyebabkan serangan asma.

Statistiks dan Populasi

Dermatitis atopik (AD), mempengaruhi 2 hingga 3 kali ganda di negara perindustrian, yang mempengaruhi kira-kira 20% kanak-kanak dan 3% orang dewasa di seluruh dunia. Mereka yang tinggal di negara maju atau iklim yang sejuk akan cenderung untuk menghadapi AD. Kajian mendapati bahawa 33% hingga 67% kanak-kanak dan orang muda dengan AD juga mempunyai alahan makanan. Selain itu, aspek umum AD akan mempengaruhi antara 8% hingga 18% bayi dan anak kecil. Kira-kira 50% orang yang menderita dermatitis atopik mengalami gejala pada tahun pertama kehidupan mereka, dan mungkin sebanyak 95% mengalami permulaan AD ketika mereka berusia di bawah lima tahun. Kira-kira 75% orang dengan permulaan penyakit pada masa kanak-kanak telah melihat gejala mereka menurun sebelum remaja. Selebihnya 25% terus mengalami ekzema semasa dewasa atau mungkin mengalami gejala yang berulang setelah beberapa tahun tanpa mengalami sebarang gejala.

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Rujukan : http://www.myhealth.gov.my/ekzema/

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Source: National Psoriasis Foundation

 

Psoriasis, though is not a condition that is life threatening (although it has been suggested that the condition increases the risk of heart attack). People with more severe psoriasis may be more likely to develop certain other conditions. Around a quarter of people with one autoimmune disease will go on to develop at least one more, and people with severe psoriasis are more likely to develop conditions like thyroid dysfunction or coeliac disease. That still means that three-quarters of people with psoriasis will not be diagnosed with another autoimmune condition – it’s just important to be aware of possible links and risk factors when other symptoms are being investigated.

Health Conditions associated with Psoriasis

People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are at an elevated risk of developing a comorbidity. A comorbidity is a disease or condition that occurs because of or is related to a health condition that you have, such as psoriasis.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) causes swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints and in areas where tendons and ligaments connect to bone. PsA is the most common comorbidity of psoriasis. An estimated 30 to 33 percent of people living with psoriasis also experience PsA

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (also known as heart disease) refers to numerous conditions including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrythmia (irregular heart rhythm) and heart valve problems.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome refers to the presence of increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and abnormal cholesterol levels, which increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (also called insulin resistance) refers to cells in the body that do not respond normally to insulin. Normally insulin works to let blood sugar into the cells in the body to use as energy. Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, vision loss and kidney disease.

Anxiety and Depression

People with anxiety disorders often struggle with intense feelings of anxiety, worry, fear and/or panic. Anxiety can interfere with daily activities and may last a long time. People with depression experience a persistent sad mood that lasts a long time and interferes with daily activities.

Other Conditions

Includes Obesity, Cancer, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis ?

Psoriasis is also associated with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). PsA is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints and the places where tendons and ligaments connect to bone. Inflammation can lead to swelling, pain, fatigue and stiffness in the joints. Left untreated, PsA can cause permanent joint damage.

Both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can result in chronic pain.

There are five different types of Psoriatic Arthritis:-

This type affects the same joints on both sides of your body, for example both your left and right knees. Symptoms can be like those of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Symmetric PsA (though can be disabling) tends to be milder and cause less joint deformity than RA. About half of people with PsA have this type.

This affects a joint or joints on one side of your body. Your joints may feel sore and turn red. Asymmetric PsA is generally mild. It affects about 35% of people with PsA.

This type involves the joints closest to your nails. These are known as the distal joints. It occurs in about 10% of people with PsA;

This is a severe, deforming type of PsA. About 5% of people with PsA have this type. Psoriatic arthritis mutilans usually affects your hands and feet. It can also cause pain in your neck and lower back.

This type of PsA involves your spine. Your entire spine from your neck to your lower back may be affected. This can make movement very painful. Your hands, feet, legs, arms, and hips may also be affected.

Irrespective of the particular type of psoriasis that an individual is suffering from, it usually causes at least a degree discomfort which in some cases can become mild to severe pain. For psoriasis sufferers, it is a fact of their life that their skin is almost always itchy, and that it can often crack and bleed as well.

In the most severe cases, the pain suffered by someone who has psoriasis can be significant enough to prevent them handling everyday tasks whilst also making settled sleep extremely difficult as well. Unfortunately, because psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning that it is one that is a lifelong thing, there can be no total relief for any sufferer. Psoriasis is a condition that can apparently clear up and then return (often with a vengeance) many times throughout life, and because there is no recognized cure for the condition, this is a fact that every psoriasis sufferer has to get used to and live with.

What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

A further complication that is suffered by up to 30% of people who have psoriasis is a condition known as psoriatic arthritis. Irrespective of which particular type of psoriasis you suffer from or the degree of severity of the condition, it is still possible to develop psoriatic arthritis, which is a lifelong condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joint, accompanied by gradual deterioration.

Signs that you might be developing psoriatic arthritis are:

Psoriatic arthritis is most commonly seen in the joints of fingers and toes but other critical bone joints such as knees, elbows, ankles and neck may also be affected in some individuals. No matter which joints are affected, the area surrounding the joint is almost always stiff and painful and often tends to have a darker coloration. You may also notice that the affected area feels warmer to the touch than surrounding non-affected areas. 

Psoriatic arthritis can vary in severity and symptoms from one individual sufferer to another. For example, whilst some people will suffer ‘full blown’ psoriatic arthritis day, others might only suffer mild joint stiffness. Furthermore, despite the name of the condition, it is not only people who have psoriasis already that will develop psoriatic arthritis.

Nevertheless, around 70% of people who develop the condition will already have psoriasis. In this situation, studies indicate that in the majority of people, arthritis will set in somewhere around 10 years after they first suffer psoriasis, although there are cases reported where arthritis begins within a matter of months of the initial psoriasis diagnosis. As a further general guideline, the majority of people who suffer psoriatic arthritis are likely to see the first signs of the condition somewhere between their 30th and 50th birthday. 

Whilst there are many chemical drug based treatments available for both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, there are also a wide range and number of natural treatments for both of these conditions as well. As with almost any medical condition, because most natural treatments have few adverse side-effects (if any), it always make sense to consider using a natural treatment method before using chemical drug-based solutions that may treat the condition but cause other problems in the process of doing so.

For anyone who suffers from psoriasis, it is an unfortunate fact that there is no known cure for the condition at present. However, as you should understand by now, there are plenty of natural treatments that you can use to deal with your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis that can reduce or even eliminate the worst effects of the condition plus help manage and keep the flare-ups under control.

Learn more how Hi-Bliss Hydrogen Therapy and Hydrogen Water can help improve the Quality of Life of Psoriasis patients here: https://wordpress-851564-2937612.cloudwaysapps.com/treatment-services-detox-wellness/

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Psoriasis is a condition that is suffered by many millions of people all over the world, with various developed countries reporting incidence rates that are remarkably similar.

125 million people worldwide – 2% to 3% of the total population have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. Studies show that between 10% and 30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. (Source: http://www.psoriasis.org/learn_statistics)

Given that the population of Malaysia is 28,250,400, it is estimated that 500,000 to 800,000 Malaysians are afflicted with Psoriasis. (Source: Population, Household and Living Quarters (2010), Department of Statistics, Malaysia.)

For psoriasis sufferers, there is something of a ‘good news, bad news’ paradox with which most of these people have undoubtedly already learned to live. The good news is that, on the one hand, psoriasis is not a condition that is life threatening (although it has been suggested that the condition increases the risk of heart attack). Balanced against this however is the fact that psoriasis can bring a great deal of misery to both sufferers and their families, so it is not a condition that can be ignored. Furthermore, because it can develop into something far more unpleasant and painful, psoriasis is a condition that sufferers have to treat.

Source: 10-Year Review from the Malaysian Psoriasis Registry (2007–2016)

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition which is not contagious.

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease, meaning that a dysfunctional immune system is a key cause of the disease. In the case of psoriasis, an overactive immune system can cause a rapid increase in skin cell production that leads to raised, scaly patches on the skin. These patches can be red in Caucasian skin and purple in skin of color. Many people report that psoriasis itches, burns and stings.

Psoriasis is not just a skin disease but a systemic one, which means it affects your whole body. It is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. If you develop a rash that doesn’t go away with an over-the-counter medication, you should contact your health care provider.

There are five different types of psoriasis, of which by far the most common is plaque psoriasis.

The other less common types of psoriasis are:

Irrespective of the particular type of psoriasis that an individual is suffering from, it usually causes at least a degree discomfort which in some cases can become mild to severe pain. For psoriasis sufferers, it is a fact of their life that their skin is almost always itchy, and that it can often crack and bleed as well.

In the most severe cases, the pain suffered by someone who has psoriasis can be significant enough to prevent them handling everyday tasks whilst also making settled sleep extremely difficult as well. Unfortunately, because psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning that it is one that is a lifelong thing, there can be no total relief for any sufferer. Psoriasis is a condition that can apparently clear up and then return (often with a vengeance) many times throughout life, and because there is no recognized cure for the condition, this is a fact that every psoriasis sufferer has to get used to and live with.

What causes psoriasis?

As with a surprising number of medical conditions, the exact causes of psoriasis have not as yet been established beyond all doubt. But, whilst the traditional view of psoriasis was that it is a condition of the epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin, research over the past few years has begun to indicate otherwise.

This research has indicated that far from being a condition that is only related to the epidermis, the causes of psoriasis go much deeper than this. In fact, this research indicates that psoriasis is a condition that is caused by malfunctions in the sufferer’s immune system when certain immune cells are activated and subsequently become overactive.

In any individual who has a perfectly normally functioning immune system, white blood cells or T-cells produce antibodies that are designed to repel bacteria and viruses. However, it is now believed that in the case of a psoriasis sufferer, these cells begin to fight an imaginary infection or try to heal a wound that doesn’t exist by creating a surfeit of new skin cells to repel the imaginary invader or to repair the nonexistent damage.

This in turn causes the plaques or skin lesions that are endemic to plaque psoriasis to appear.

Under normal circumstances, the life cycle of the average skin cell for someone who is totally healthy is around about 28 days, but it is believed that in psoriasis sufferers, their immune system is creating far too many cells. Moreover, because these cells are being produced so quickly, they mature in as little as three to six days before moving to the surface of the skin.

Consequently, because these cells are not dying quickly enough, they build up on the surface of the skin, layer upon layer, and thus the psoriatic plaques are formed.

There are some generally accepted factors that make some individuals more likely to suffer psoriasis than others. Certain triggers can cause a psoriasis sufferer’s immune system to start to create skin cells at such an accelerated rate that they suffer an outbreak of skin lesions or symptoms to flare up. Some common triggers include:

We shall learn more on the Psoriasis and other Conditions plus more about Psoriatic Arthritis in the next blog.

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Atopic dermatitis (also known as AD), is the most common type of eczema, a skin condition that makes you itch and leaves red blotches, usually on your face, arms, and legs. Atopic dermatitis is a common and often persistent skin disease that affects a large percentage of the world's population. The rashes tend to flare and go away, but then come back again.

Atopic dermatitis typically begins in childhood, usually in the first six months of a baby’s life. Even though it is a common form of eczema, it may become severe and lifelong nuisance. Normally, AD disappears as a child grows older, but some adults could still suffer from AD flare ups.

“Atopic” refers to an allergy. Atopic dermatitis also usually exists alongside two other allergic conditions, which are asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). People who have asthma, hay fever or have family members with AD are more likely to develop it.

Types of Atopic Dermatitis

Signs & Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) include:

How does Atopic Dermatitis happen and why?

There is no exact reason behind atopic dermatitis but research shows a combination of genetics and external factors that may be involved. A study published by Nature Genetics found that some people with eczema lack the proper proteins to build a strong barrier on the outer most layer of the skin (epidermis).

This group of people, especially those with atopic dermatitis may have partial or complete mutation on the gene responsible for creating a protein known as filaggrin. Filaggrin helps our bodies maintain a healthy, protective barrier on the epidermis.

Healthy Skin versus Atopic Dermatitis
Source: https://atopicdermatitis.net/skin-body-parts-affected/

This genetic mutation causes a lack of filaggrin in the epidermis layer which leads to a reduction in the ability to maintain the skin’s natural amount of water and thus results in dry skin which causes itchiness. Lack of filaggrin may also allow allergens to enter the skin which will then trigger an inflammatory response by the immune system, causing inflammation that again results in red, rash and itchy skin. This is the main reason why many people who suffer from atopic dermatitis tend to have extremely dry and infection-prone skin.

Healthy Skin versus Atopic Dermatitis
Source: https://atopicdermatitis.net/skin-body-parts-affected/

Statistics and Population

Atopic dermatitis (AD), affecting 2 to 3-fold in industrialized nations, impacting approximately 20% of children and 3% of adults worldwide.

Those who live in developed countries or colder climates seem to be more likely to develop AD.

Studies have found that 33% to 67% of children and young people with AD also have some food allergies. Moreover, general aspects of AD will affect between 8% to 18% of infants and young children.

Around 50% of people who suffer from atopic dermatitis develop symptoms within their first year of life, and probably as many as 95% experience an onset of AD when they are below five years of age. Around 75% of people with the childhood onset of the disease have seen their symptoms decrease before adolescence. The remaining 25% continue to have eczema during adulthood or may experience a relapse of symptoms after some years without experiencing any symptoms.

Around 50–75% of all children with early-onset atopic dermatitis are sensitive to allergens.

Examples of allergens include pets, house dust mites or even food allergens, whereas those with late-onset atopic dermatitis are often less sensitive to these allergens.

Atopic dermatitis is more than just a skin condition known as the “itch that rashes”. It is a disease caused by an overactive immune system that leads to inflammation in the body. It is also the main culprit behind internal inflammation that causes the symptoms to flare up. Besides that, scratching may lead to only temporary relief and may worsen the itching in the long run. This is called the itch-scratch cycle.

In healthy skin, the outer layer (epidermis) keeps foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses and allergens from entering the body. When you have atopic dermatitis, the outer layer of the skin is weaker and is more vulnerable to inflammation as a result of immune cells in the body. The damage done by scratching also contributes to the breakdown of skin cells which makes it easier for foreign substances to enter the body.

Once these foreign substances have broken through the skin barrier, immune cells alert the body that it is under attack. These immune cells travel to the lymph nodes at the dermis called as the second layer of the skin. Once they have entered the lymph nodes, these immune cells activate your body’s protectors, called T helper cells.

The immune cells release substances which cause redness and rashes on the skin. This will cause the inflammatory process to continue, so the skin reacts even when it looks clear. Even when the rash cannot be seen clearly, the underlying inflammation is still active beneath the skin. People tend to scratch when they feel itchy, and this further weakens the skin cells in the epidermis which allow more foreign substances to get in and this ultimately would increase the risk of infection.

Connection between Atopic Dermatitis & Respiratory System

Studies have shown that almost 50% - 70% of children and 7% - 9% of adults with severe atopic dermatitis will develop asthma.

Doctors and scientist came up with theories as to why a skin rash is associated with asthma. Does immune system disorders cause an overreaction to allergens that are in contact with the skin and lung airways or is it the defective skin and airways that trigger an excessive immune response?

A research by Dr. Kopan suggested that the problems started with the damaged or defective skin itself. The researchers found that cells in the damaged skin can secrete thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), a compound that is able to cause an immune response and due to the skin’s effectiveness in secreting TSLP into the blood system, the substance travels throughout our body, causing AD flares up. When it reaches our lungs, it then triggers the hypersensitive characteristics of respiratory problems which could lead to asthma attacks.

Let us learn more about what causes atopic dermatitis or flare-ups/ triggers, our Skin and more on how to reduce the effects of Atopic Dermatitis in our next Blog.

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Your skin might be fine for a long time. But then something happens to cause a rash or itchiness. Some things that trigger atopic dermatitis or make it worse include:

Natural remedies to ease your Atopic Dermatitis Flare-Ups/ Triggers

Though there is no known cure for Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, these are a few natural remedies to help you ease and manage your AD flare-ups.

How Hydrogen Therapy Helps Atopic Dermatitis Condition

Hydrogen is the first component of the periodic table. The most important function of hydrogen in the human body is to keep you hydrated. Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen and is absorbed by the cells of the body.

Hydrogen contains dissolved molecular hydrogen, which can ease oxidative stress and has shown therapeutic effects in several pathological conditions, including AD. It is an element which is present in all the fluids of the human body which allows the toxins and waste to be transported and eliminated properly. Hydrogen has also been reported to increase glutathione peroxidase activity, downregulate thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC).

These are implicated in the pathogenesis of AD and used as an indicator of disease severity. Thymus and activation-regulated chemokine binds to the chemokine receptor CCR4 and induces chemotaxis in T cells, therefore acting as a proinflammatory factor in AD. It has been suggested that H2 may have therapeutic potential in AD by reducing TARC.

In conclusion, hydrogen is a safe and effective medical gas that has been proven to be able to treat and control various diseases. It can suppress the levels of inflammation related mediators such as Th1, Th2, and pro-inflammatory cytokines which are the main cause in the development of diseases such as atopic dermatitis in the human body. In conclusion, Hydrogen has cemented its place as an alternative preventive treatment for AD that is also beneficial to the human body.

Functions Of The Skin

The SKIN is the largest and fastest-growing organ in the body. It has several important functions such as:

The skin is made up of several layers, which protect the body from pressure, temperature, micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals.

Functions Of The Skin

The liver is the only organ in our body that can repair itself. It has a variety of functions like the ability to break down toxins, deactivate hormones, filter waste products to the bowels & kidneys, and to store nutrients such as vitamins A, D and B12. Due to this, the digestive and elimination systems which include the skin and kidneys may be affected by a sluggish liver.

When the liver is exhausted, it is unable to eliminate toxins. Other organs such as the kidneys and skin are forced to replace its role to eliminate toxins and wastes out from the body via the epidermis. This can disrupt the skin, especially if it is already sensitive or is inflicted with eczema. These toxins can easily cause irritation, itchiness and even a dreaded flare-up.

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What is eczema?

Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin, characterized by redness, itching and oozing vesicular lesions which becomes scaly, crusted or hardened. Eczema has been around for thousands of years, but unfortunately, even existing modern medical science have not had many breakthroughs in completely curing Eczema.

Who gets eczema?

A simple and direct answer would be anyone will have the possibility of getting Eczema.

While it is most commonly found and start when someone is still a child, the condition can strike both men, and women, from the young to the old. While the condition and severity might vary from person to person, Eczema generally is categorized by dry, red patches on the skin that causes itchiness. Naturally, people will tend to scratch the itch and complicate the condition further as it will then develop into rashes.

Types of Eczema

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Atopic Eczema

Atopic Eczema is the most common form of eczema and is believed to be hereditary. The condition is sometimes known as infantile eczema because by the very nature of it being hereditary, it is most commonly seen among children.

If one is suffering from Atopic Eczema, their immune system is often overreacting to some kind of external stimuli such as pollen, dust mites, animal hair, fur or skin flakes, thus leading to irritated, inflamed, and itchy skin.

Fortunately, Atopic Eczema does not present any kind of serious medical problem, however, if there is persistent scratching that causes open wounds which may lead to infection which enters the body, that would be a different story altogether.

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Contact Dermatitis

This is a form of eczema that is caused by contact with irritants that can trigger an eczema flare-up.

The reaction that a Contact Dermatitis sufferer might experience are:-

a. Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Approximately 75% of Contact Dermatitis cases are Irritant Contact Dermatitis. This is commonly seen among employees in the heavy industry segment, such as chemical production, smelting and mining plants.

The condition is triggered by exposure to chemical substances, and will come on very quickly to irritate the affected area. It will also affect individuals that has no past record, or family history of similar problem.

b. Allergen Contact Drmatitis

Similar to Irritant Contact Dermatitis, the symptoms are triggered by external stimulant. In the case of Allergen Contact Dermatitis, the trigger would be, exposure to allergen such as Poison Ivy, Pollen and etc.

Both forms of Contact Dermatitis are not mutually exclusive, and depending on the strength of an individual’s immune system, there may be a possibility of contracting both forms of Contact Dermatitis at the same time.

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Xerotic Eczema

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Dyshidrosis

Affecting only the palms, side of the fingers, and sole of the feet, Dyshidrosis is characterized by tiny bumps also known as Vesicle and Skin Cracks that become itchier and worsen as the weather gets warmer.

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Discoid Eczema

In contrast with Dyshidrosis, Discoid Eczema is a condition that worsens when the weather gets colder, often identified by the appearance of round red lesion around the lower leg area. These lesions can be excessively dry or oozing, both of which will cause discomfort to the sufferer.

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Neurodermatitis

This is a condition characterized itchy lesions of pigmented, thickened eczema which is most commonly caused by continual rubbing and scratching.  Fortunately, the cure for this form of eczema is relatively straight forward – "Stop scratching" and the condition generally goes away on its own.

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Venous Eczema

Venous Eczema usually occurs to the elderly aged 50 and above, and those with impaired circulations. Symptoms such as dark, scaly patch will appear on the ankle area accompanied by intense itch.

While Venous Eczema by itself is not especially dangerous, this could however further develop into an extremely painful and unpleasant leg ulcer which would be more complicated to treat.

What Causes Eczema?

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Hereditary

It is generally believed one of the major cause of eczema are due to hereditary genetics. When one, or both parents have been suffering from such ailment.

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Daily Diet

There are many food products that are believed to exacerbate eczema. Below are some of the food that can trigger, and considerably worsen eczema.

a. Wheat based product.

Foods like bread, biscuits, and pretzel contains wheat flour which is usually rich in gluten. Gluten is believed to cause eczema flare-ups.

b. Dairy Product.

Dairy products are most commonly associated with causing eczema. Substances containing dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, chocolate, and creamy soup are widely accepted as the culprit. It is also believed that babies who are naturally breast-fed are far less likely to suffer from eczema than a baby who takes the baby milk formula.

c. Fish and seafood.

Commonly accepted to be healthy and good for the body, oily fish such as the Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Mackerel and Sardines have also been implicated in causing eczema flare-ups due to the fatty acids contained within.

Further, crustaceans such as lobster, crab, prawns and crayfish, and also molluscs such as clams, oysters, and mussels should also be avoided as it is commonly known that shellfish and crustaceans are almost always a problem for people who have eczema.

d. Acidic fruits.

Cranberries, blueberries, and currants have been found to cause elevated irritation of eczema.

e. Nuts.

Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, cashew, hazelnuts, and walnuts have the ability to worsen pre-existing condition of eczema if it is included in the diet.

Dealing with Eczema

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Moisture is key

Given that eczema is a condition that is characterized and caused by dry skin, hence remedies that reduce and prevent dry skin is an effective way of dealing with eczema.

One such instance will be the during your bath, excessive use of soap will dry the skin up further, and decrease the natural protective layer for our skin. It is advisable to use a natural moisturizing oil, such as tea tree oil in your bath to keep skin moist, and supple.

To further retain moisture after a bath, application of moisturizers within the first 5 minutes will also do wonders to the skin.

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Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil is famous for its ability to hydrate the skin while promoting healing at the same time, furthermore, it will also activate the body’s ability to use Vitamin K and Selenium. The presence of Antioxidant in Vitamin E oil also provides an additional level of protection for the skin.

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How Molecular Hydrogen can help in eczema

According to Dr. Kajisa, and Dr. Yamaguchi, Molecular Hydrogen has shown to be effective in suppressing inflammation for Atopic Eczema. Furthermore, researchers from Yonsei University, South Korea have also shown significant results of Molecular Hydrogen in suppressing the level of inflammation-related to Atopic Eczema. Molecular Hydrogen’s ability to suppress inflammation is derived from its property as a strong and powerful antioxidant.

At present, even the most widely recognized eczema expert still has yet to fully understand the condition. However there are many ways where we can exert control over Eczema, while pharmaceutical solutions are easily, and widely available, there are many other healthier, safer and more natural solutions available for a more holistic recovery.

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