What is Exema?

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What is Exema?





What is Exema?


In simple words, Exema refers to an inflammation of the skin that causes itching, and redness in the affected area. Often you will hear doctors use the term Dermatitis to explain this condition as well. Both words describe the same condition. While the word Exema in Greek means “bubbling or boiling through”, Dermatitis means “inflammation of the skin”. 

Exema is a generic term that is used for any kind of bubbly skin rash. It is not a specific disease. Exema or Dermatitis is one of the most common kinds of skin complaints. It affects people of all ages and can start at anytime. It is extremely itchy and uncomfortable and causes social embarrassment, as the rash is clearly visible to other people. Studies have shown that Exema, especially in childhood is becoming quite common nowadays. While some people only have a few episodes of Exema in their lives, for others it is a life long chronic condition. 

There are many kinds of Exema and there are many factors that cause this condition. Under a microscope all kinds of Exema look the same, no matter what is causing that Exema. A patient may have Exema only in a part of his body or sometimes it may affect his whole body as well. There are mainly four different kinds of Exema:

· Contact Dermatitis
· Atopic Dermatitis
· Nummular Exema
· Dyshidrotic Exema

There is no cure for Exema however there are many medicines available now that can provide relief from the discomfort and itching related to Exema. Everyday scientists are reporting new findings that have improved doctor’s understanding of this condition. With time doctors hope that researchers will be able to come up with more permanent solutions for Exema. 

There is now so much knowledge and literature available on Exema. However much of it is technical and with lot of medical jargon, difficult to understand. In this website we have tried to simplify some of the terms and provide an exhaustive understanding of Exema, its various causes, treatments available to patients and also how to prevent it. 


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