Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a group of diseases that affect the skin. Often characterized by rashes, itchiness, irritation, and red skin, Eczema is an autoimmune disorder where the epidermis is hypersensitive to any kind of irritant. Psoriasis is a similar autoimmune disorder; however, it is caused by overproduction of skin cells. Using CBD for Eczema has proven to be an effective treatment for both eczema and psoriasis. Many studies have shown it to be a viable and natural treatment option with no negative side effects.
There are over 30 million Americans exhibiting symptoms of eczema and approximately 7.5 million exhibiting symptoms of psoriasis. Worldwide approximately a fifth of all children and about 3% of adults exhibit symptoms of either disease
What is Eczema and Psoriasis?
Eczema is actually a group of various diseases that are collectively referred to as dermatitis. The causes of this condition are poorly understood, though it is generally accepted that it is caused by genetics and environment. For the most part, it is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation. People suffering from this condition periodically have flare-ups that are caused by outside irritants or changes in the environment. At its most basic level, eczema is the body’s immune system attacking its own skin because it detects what it believes to be pathogens that may threaten the body. There are four basic types:
- Atopic Dermatitis (AD), otherwise known as atopic eczema, is a chronic inflammation of patches of skin that begins in childhood and continues throughout adult life. Stress and sweat, both controlled by hormones in the human body, are frequent contributors to AD.
- Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) is a hypersensitive reaction to allergens that cause breakouts of skin inflammation all over the body. The allergens, such as pollens and animal hairs or saliva, are typical allergens, but the severity of the response is atypical in the population.
- Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD) is similar to ACD, but is caused by more general chemical irritants or humidity in the air. These chemicals are frequently household cleaners, which are either strongly acidic or strongly alkaline.
- Stasis Dermatitis, also known as varicose eczema, is caused by circulation of capillaries near the surface of the skin. The presence of varicose veins or burst capillaries contributes to sites of inflammation that break out all over the body.
If the general term dermatitis or eczema is used, it is understood that it is one of these four related conditions. Most frequently, though, it refers to atopic dermatitis. The symptoms of all four variants are the same. They include:
- Pruritus, otherwise known as itchy skin, usually most severe at night
- Dry and uncomfortable skin
- Swelling and rawness on the skin
- Small bumps that may crust over or leak fluid
- Patches of discoloration, usually red or brown, that are most commonly found on the hands, feet, wrists, ankles, upper chest, eyelids, neck, elbows, and knees