Follicular Eczema

Understanding Follicular Eczema

Follicular Eczema On The Back
Follicular Eczema On The Back

Follicular eczema or Keratosis pilaris follicular eczema is not serious and is one of the less common types of eczema which primarily involves irritation of the hair follicles. This condition is characterized by excessive itching, dryness of and reddish, inflamed appearance of the skin. As with all known types of eczemas, the cause is unknown, however, experts generally deduced that this is a genetically inherited disease.  It can be quite unsightly and for this reason, many sufferers seek help for the condition.

Among the commonly affected areas include the back as well as the upper limbs and the upper areas of the thighs. People who suffer with asthma, hay fever and allergies can prone to develop follicular eczema. The condition can be controlled but those suffering from follicular eczema are prone to outbreaks their entire life, dependent on certain conditions.

Lesions typically appear to be tiny and coarse and may be red or a deep red, which surrounds the follicles of the hair. The lesions are bumpy, itchy and appear to be exceptionally reddish. If patients will scratch the lesions, it will tend to ooze, bleed, and will often require immediate treatment to prevent secondary infections.

Who Is At Risk?

Studies show that women are more susceptible to follicular eczema although any person can contract this skin disorder. A past episode of eczema or follicular eczema increases the risk in family members.

The condition is brought on by stress as the immune system functions poorly; a poor diet, allergies, weather changes and illnesses like asthma. As it is incurable, it is best to manage any flare-ups before the condition worsens.

What Can You Do?

Follicular Eczema On The Knee
Follicular Eczema On The Knee

Scratching of the affected areas should be avoided as much as possible as it can only worsen the condition.  Wearing clothes made from natural fibers is a good idea as it may irritate the skin less. Ensure that skin is well moisturised. Find a skin product that helps with moisture retention whilst being gentle and chemical free. Avoid changing skin products repeatedly. As stress is a cause of follicular eczema, exercise is recommended to keep stress at bay as it may assist in controlling flare-ups. If there are, certain foods, which exacerbate the condition, then restrict them from your diet.

With no cure in sight yet, there are some products and remedies that can help reduce the number of flare-ups and the severity there of. Aloe Vera, wheat germ oil and topical steroids are often used or prescribed to treat the outbreaks of this particular skin condition.

Before trying out home or herbal remedies, consult your dermatologist first and remember never to self medicate.

Severe outbreaks will require the attention of a physician for advice on the best treatment of oral and topical antibiotics that can be used.







One Response to Follicular Eczema

  1. I have had a tendency toward slightly dry scaly skin from mid childhood after I developed a full body empetigo after recovering from chicken pox. I have never had the condition that I am writing about, nor any family member. This condition came about 2 years ago approximately 2 months after recovering from a severe drug sensitivity reaction (DRESS Syndrome-Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms) that landed me in the hospital for 10 days. . . (What caused the DRESS Syndrome? I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and was prescribed Tegretol(very bad move). I took it for 2 weeks and the nerve pain went away but in return, my life was literally sent on a bad “roller coaster” trip that nearly killed me). . . . . After the intitial recovery from DRESS Syndrome, I developed burning, itchy flares that resembled an number of different conditions. Two biospy reports indicated that I was (or still?) suffering from a possible drug allergy/reaction, but the doctors consider me to have eczema. I have tried many things (I refused to take the tacrilomis), to no avail. Right now I am undergoing UVB light therapy and I am trying the Paleo/Primal Diet (Since the doctors don’t want to send me to the allergy/immunologist for testing). . . . . My point is, no one in my family (Mom, Dad nor brothers) suffers from eczema, although a couple have hyperkeratosis pilaris and one of my kids has hyperkeratosis pilaris. I guess it’s just my “luck” to develop follicular eczema. Hopefully, it will be gone when the Phototherapy is is done. I think that the key for me is to find out what meds/foods/chemicals?ects. are causing me to react. I already know that stress and anxiety make it worse.

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