Red plaques (erythema, eczema that stings, eczema that burns)
In acute eczema, the skin is often highly inflammatory and may even ooze as a result of the rupture of the small vesicles that make up the eczema plaque. This is called oozing eczema because the micro-vesicles are filled with a fluid that spreads over the plaques. In chronic eczema, the opposite is true: the skin becomes thicker and very rough to the touch.
Itching affects everyone, including the youngest: a baby with eczema scratches in its own way, rubbing its skin against the sheets and fidgeting in its bed. The sleep of both children and their parents is often severely disrupted.
Dry skin (xerosis)
How should you treat the symptoms of eczema?
- On red plaques: I apply a topical corticosteroid to fight inflammation. I can combine it with a medical device to speed up the resolution of the flare-up;
- On dry skin: I apply an emollient to soften and strengthen my skin;
- On itchy skin: I apply cold to avoid scratching and aggravating the eczema attack.
Points to remember
Eczema symptoms therefore mainly include plaques, itching and dry skin. However, you should be aware that eczema symptoms may vary slightly from person to person. For example, the atopic dermatitis symptoms in infants are marked by very red, oozing plaques, and skin that is ultimately little or not at all dry. Conversely, the atopic dermatitis symptoms in older children are marked by plaques that are less red but thicker, and intense skin dryness. As for itching, it is ubiquitous regardless of age and type of eczema.
In any case, when faced with an eczema attack, it is essential to treat quickly to improve skin condition, quality of sleep and quality of life in general.