What Is The Difference Between Eczema and Contact Dermatitis

The terms eczema and dermatitis are often used synonymously to mean an inflammation of the skin caused by the abnormal production of cells in the upper layers of the epidermis or top layers of the skin. The cells may be loose and thin or thick, often accompanied by weeping. The rash formed can be itchy and irritating while fissures or splits may appear. Normally it is caused by direct contact with an irritant or allergen or exposure to a material to which you are allergic or hypersensitive. Some common allergens include;

  • Oxidizing chemicals
  • Detergents, solvents, or highly alkaline solutions
  • Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac
  • Nickel or other metals
  • Medications
  • Cosmetics
  • Rubber
  • Fragrances and perfumes
  • Soap, shampoos, and hair dyes rich in alcohol

Some common symptoms are:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Lesions or cuts
  • Rashes
  • Redness
  • The site may raw, scaly or thick
  • The area may drain or ooze

This condition can be treated or controlled in several ways depending on severity.

  • Antibiotics can be prescribed
  • Natural oils with herbal extracts can soothe the scalp and nourish the hair because they don’t contain any chemicals and are full of conditioning properties.
  • Some natural oils containing:
  • Lavender
  • Jojoba
  • Basil
  • Tea tree
  • Lemon
  • Chamomile
  • Rose
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Neem can help because as well as soothing the scalp and nourishing hair they are rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as moisturizers.

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