Eczema: The More You Scratch, the More It Itches and Swells

Woman with eczema

Some rashes disappear after they run their course. But in many cases, they indicate a much more serious condition that you shouldn’t delay getting treatment for. This is particularly the case when the rash, aside from making significant changes in the texture and/color of your skin, becomes so itchy it already disrupts your normal life.

Eczema is one such type of rash. It’s important you don’t delay visiting a Salt Lake City skin rash treatment facility if you develop this condition. Scratching won’t help, as it will just make the itchiness worse, even leading to inflammation of the skin.

“The itch that rashes”

Eczema has gained its nickname “the itch that rashes,” since itchiness precede the rash – the group of rashes. In many cases, it makes its first appearance while the patients are still babies or toddlers. As they get older, their rashes become drier, resulting in flaky skin. Adults who suffer from this condition typically have symptoms in the form of scaly skin patches that some even describe as leathery to the touch.

Atopic dermatitis

Of the various types of eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most common, affecting some 17.8 million of the entire U.S. population. Overall though, 31.6 million people in the country suffer from general eczema symptoms.

The eczema warning signs

Before a rash even occurs, your skin will already feel itchy. And from the time you start scratching, the affected area just becomes itchier and begins to swell. It’s also possible that your skin will exhibit other symptoms, such as turning red along with the development of scaly areas; grow small, but rough bumps; or become thick and leathery. Note that some people have also reported bumps with fluid leaking out and crusting over.

Because scratching your eczema makes it even itchier, you can expect it not just to become a nuisance, but also a serious threat to your skin. So as soon as you notice the above mentioned symptoms, seek professional medical help.