Many of us may be enjoying the warmer weather, but when it comes to our skin and our bodies, it's a different story. With summer comes a whole new crop of health issues — one of them being eczema, a skin condition that can more than a little frustrating to deal with. It's also quite common; according to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million Americans have eczema. If you've never had it before, you shouldn't assume you're in the clear. Eczema can come on at any time during one's life, and it often comes and goes. That's why it's important to know the unexpected signs of eczema, so that you can go to a doctor if you find you're suffering from any of the symptoms.
First, though, you should probably get a better understanding of what this skin condition is. Eczema is the name of a group of conditions that can cause your skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed, and it's typically thought of as a condition of excessive dryness. There are several different types of the condition, and while some are more severe than others, it's generally manageable and easy to control. That said, the condition can still be painful and disruptive. Studies have found that eczema can negatively affect workplace productivity and is associated with risky health behaviors like smoking.
When it comes to the symptoms of eczema, you probably think you know what they are: red skin that itches constantly, maybe something that looks like an interesting rash. And yes, extreme itchiness is almost always associated with eczema, as that is byfar the most common symptom — so is generally dry, red skin. All of these are important to watch for, but there are some other unexpected signs of eczema that you should also be looking out for. Here are a few: