Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema that causes the skin to become red, dry, and incredibly itchy. When not treated correctly, or if subject to intense scratching, the skin can even become cracked and broken. This increases the risk of infection which, in turn, can lead to eczema coxsackium.
In this post, we’ll break down the symptoms and causes of eczema coxsackium, provide some helpful tips on treatment options, and suggest some preventative measures you can take to stop the infection from developing in the first place.
Please keep in mind that although these recommendations might relieve Eczema Coxsackium, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is Eczema Coxsackium?
Eczema Coxsackium is a painful and highly contagious infection that develops when a preexisting case of dermatitis becomes infected with a virus known as coxsackievirus.
This condition is often characterized by clusters of small, fluid-filled blisters or vesicles appearing in areas affected by atopic dermatitis. In simpler terms, think of it as a form of highly exacerbated eczema or a severe form of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
Who is at Risk for Eczema Coxsackium?
The most common group to develop the infection is children under 10 who already have eczema or other inflammatory skin disorders. This is because their bodies have not yet built up immunity to the disease and because their pre-existing eczema has damaged the outer layer of their skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection.
That being said, it’s still possible for older children and adults to contact the infection, particularly those with weakened immune systems or damaged skin.
What Causes Eczema Coxsackium?
As a viral infection, eczema coxsackium can easily pass from person to person. The most common methods of transfer are:
- Blister Fluid
- Nasal Discharge
Symptoms of Eczema Coxsackium
The symptoms of eczema coxsackium are similar to the features of HFMD, except more severe.
- Severe rash
- Blisters or painful sores in the mouth
- Painful skin vesicles over the hands, feet, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks
- Sore throat
- Widespread, inflamed areas of weeping erosions and papules spreading from the face to feet
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Eczema Coxsackium Treatments
While hospitalization may be required in severe cases, you can soothe the blisters and rashes of eczema coxsackium by using natural eczema creams. It’s essential to stop using topical corticosteroids as an eczema coxsackium treatment because these are thought to contribute to viral spread.
This Hot Skin Soother provides relief for oozing, inflamed, or angry-looking rashes. Made with safe herbs such as organic sunflower oil and beeswax, it works wonders relieving irritation in skin folds, armpits, groin area, and elbow and knee creases.
For further itch-relief, we recommend this Organic Calendula Oil. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, it gives dry or cracked skin an extra boost of moisture. Plus it’s gentle enough for the sensitive skin of your little one.
In addition, wet wrap therapy has been used successfully as an eczema coxsackium treatment. To wet wrap, you simply need to apply a natural eczema cream and then cover with a damp layer and a dry layer. The damp layer locks in moisture and allows the emollients to better permeate the skin. The stretchy, soft material of these Eczema Sleeves make them excellent for wet-wrapping anywhere on the body.
Dry wrapping is also a great alternative treatment to use for this type of condition. Again, this process helps emollients better permeate the skin, but is less time consuming and complicated.
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Finally, you can’t go wrong with our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Not only is it a anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, it’s so rich in emollients that even the driest of skin doesn’t stand a chance against its hydrating power. Plus, it offers the perfect relief for sensitive skin without any burning or stinging. Discover the best eczema treatments for babies that are safe and natural.
How to Prevent Eczema Coxsackium
The best way to prevent spreading or contracting this skin infection is by practicing good hygiene and teaching your child to do the same as early as possible. Particularly if your child attends daycare or school where the risk of infection is naturally higher, it’s important to teach them to avoid putting their hands or other objects near their mouths.
Encourage them to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing. Remind them to thoroughly wash their hands before eating, and after using the restroom or being out in public. If your child experiences symptoms such as a fever or sore throat, be sure to keep them away from school.
Finally, to minimize the chance of the virus entering the body through broken skin, treat your child’s eczema as soon as possible. If they are constantly scratching or picking at their skin, try these Eczema Gloves for Kids. Made from biodegradable bamboo, they’re perfect for preventing scratching while playing or sleeping.
For babies, try these Remedywear™ Baby Mittens. Not only do they offer soothing comfort and scratch protection, the TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibres contribute to reducing inflammation and boosting the healing process.