Eczema history

Eczema history is fascinating, being first described around 2500 years ago.

Eczema, meaning “boiling over”, has been know since the time of the father of modern medicine, the ancient Greek, Hippocrates 460 – 370 BC. He mentioned it in one of his text.

Emperor Augusta of Rome, 63Bc – 14AD, suffered from itchy dry patches and from seasonal respiratory condition.

Eczema was described in the first dermalogical book in 1572 by the Italian physician, Merularis. He and other later authors classified all conditions according to their location on the body and not according to their symptoms. The cause was unknown. To much of modern medicine this is still the case

The condition affects 20% of the child population of the world and around 3% of adults. This condition along with other autoimmune diseases are on the rise. This is parallel with the rise of Caesar births.

It is also known as atopic dermatitis.

The symptomseczema history, child with eczema

  • skin redness
  • swelling or inflammation of the skin
  • itching skin
  • skin dryness
  • crusting or flaking of the skin
  • skin blisters
  • cracking of the skin, or bleeding or oozing of the skin
  • slight skin discolorations.

There are many different types of eczema, we are only looking at the most common one that affects Caesar babies. This is atopic eczema or infantile, flexural, or atopic dermatitis. Atopic Eczema is a rash causing itching on the head, scalp, neck, elbows, the bend of the knees and buttocks.

Seborrheic dermatitis is another type, also known as cradle cap. Seborrhoeic Eczema causes a greasy scalp, flaking or peeling of the scalp and eyebrows. The flaking and peeling can extend to the face and trunk.

Other articles in this series

  1. Eczema treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly
  2. Eczema, a safe and effective alternative treatment
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