6 Common Eczema Myths Debunked

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Eczema can be an uncomfortable topic of discussion for those affected directly or indirectly by the skin condition. The constant itching, excessively dry skin and the overall misinformation leaves many scared to touch this issue or someone else for that matter. That’s why we’ve put together this awesome list to dispel the elephant in many people’s room. While over 30 million people in the United States suffer from the skin inflammation, the condition still leaves many people puzzled.

Here are six of the top myths about eczema and the truth about this condition:

Myth 1: Eczema is contagious.

Fact: This is one of the most common myths about eczema. Eczema is,in fact, NOT contagious and cannot be transferred to another person by physical touch. Although the cause of the disease is not known, doctors believe that it’s caused by environmental and genetic factors.

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Myth 2: You can’t go swimming if you have eczema.

Fact: People with eczema can certainly go swimming. The National Eczema Association does advise that those affected by the condition should take the proper precautions before swimming. the NEA strongly advises that you wash well before entering the pool and apply emollients and moisturizers before swimming to avoid any potential flare ups.