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Can Eczema Not Be Itchy

Can eczema not itch? That’s the question we’ll be exploring in this blog post. As you may already be aware, there are several different types of eczema. While they share similar characteristics, they also have unique symptoms.

In general, eczema is an inflammatory condition that causes dry skin, redness, scaly patches, and yes, itchiness. Let’s explore the signs and symptoms of eczema in more detail.

Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several sufferers, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

Understanding Eczema

Eczema is a chronic condition that affects approximately 10-20% of the worldwide population. While it usually develops in childhood, it can appear at any age.

The condition causes a damaged skin barrier that has trouble retaining moisture. This is what leads to the skin being extremely dry, and subsequently itchy.

There are several different types of eczema including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type.

What Causes Eczema?

Research actually isn’t sure what exactly causes eczema, however, it’s believed to be linked to environmental factors and genetics. For example, a person with a family history of eczema is more likely to develop the condition too. Environmental factors that can trigger flare ups or ignite symptoms include extreme weather conditions, smoke, sweat, pet fur, chemicals found in soaps or beauty products, certain fabrics such as polyester and wool, and metals – especially nickel – found in jewellery or utensils.

Even certain foods can trigger an eczema flare up so it’s super important to understand your body.

Signs and Symptoms of Eczema 

Because each person is unique, symptoms of eczema may vary from person to person. However, the following signs and symptoms are most common:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Inflamed skin
  • Discoloured skin
  • Rough, leathery or scaly skin
  • Scaly patches;
  • Blisters that may ooze or crust
  • Areas of swelling
  • Redness
  • Itchiness

You may be wondering: can eczema not itch? The truth is, eczema oftentimes includes itchy skin. In fact, itch is often noted as the most burdensome symptom of atopic dermatitis. Itchiness can range from mild to moderate. In some cases, the itch can be so bad that people will scratch their skin until it bleeds.

That being said, you may experience eczema that doesn't itch all the time. This is because eczema may go through periods where it’s hardly noticeable at all and others where symptoms are more intense.

There are also some forms of eczema, such as weeping eczema or scaly eczema that don't cause itchiness but cause the skin to become severely irritated.

How to Treat Eczema Naturally

To help you deal with your itchy skin and other eczema symptoms, we’ve put together a list of some gentle products that can help soothe your skin the natural way:

Baby & Adult Soother

This itchy eczema treatment was made with sensitive skin in mind and is perfect for your healing journey. It’s made with just three Chinese herbs in a base of olive oil and beeswax. Its calming effect is even suitable for the delicate skin of babies. Try it to calm redness and relieve your itch!

Tallow Skincare Bundle

Enjoy the world’s earliest form of skincare with this natural skincare bundle. It’s the perfect choice for those following the Paleo or GAPS diet. Including gentle soaps and a nourishing balm, this tallow and pine tar bundle truly does wonders for calming the itch and soothing the skin.