What is eczema?

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the upper layers of the skin. The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes which are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema, itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed lesions, although scarring is rare.

Types of common eczemas

Atopic eczema (aka infantile e., flexural e., atopic dermatitis) is believed to have a hereditary component, and often runs in families whose members also have hay fever and asthma. Itchy rash is particularly noticeable on face and scalp, neck, inside of elbows, behind knees, and buttocks. Experts are urging doctors to be more vigilant in weeding out cases that are, in actuality, irritant contact dermatitis. It is very common in developed countries, and rising. 

Contact dermatitis is of two types: allergic (resulting from a delayed reaction to some allergen, such as poison ivy or nickel), and irritant (resulting from direct reaction to a solvent, for example). Some substances act both as allergen and irritant (e.g. wet cement). Other substances cause a problem after sunlight exposure, bringing on phototoxic dermatitis. About three quarters of cases of contact eczema are of the irritant type, which is the most common occupational skin disease. Contact eczema is curable provided the offending substance can be avoided, and its traces removed from one’s environment. 

Xerotic eczema (aka asteatotic e., e. craquele or craquelatum, winter itch, pruritus hiemalis) is dry skin that becomes so serious it turns into eczema. It worsens in dry winter weather, and limbs and trunk are most often affected. The itchy, tender skin resembles a dry, cracked, river bed. This disorder is very common among the older population. Ichthyosis is a related disorder. 

Seborrhoeic dermatitis (aka cradle cap in infants, dandruff) causes dry or greasy scaling of the scalp and eyebrows. Scaly pimples and red patches sometimes appear in various adjacent places. In newborns it causes a thick, yellow crusty scalp rash called cradle cap which seems related to lack of biotin, and is often curable.

Less common eczemas

Dyshidrosis (aka dyshidrotic e., pompholyx, vesicular palmoplantar dermatitis, housewife’s eczema) only occurs on palms, soles, and sides of fingers and toes. Tiny opaque bumps called vesicles, thickening, and cracks are accompanied by itching which gets worse at night. A common type of hand eczema, it worsens in warm weather. 

Discoid eczema (aka nummular e., exudative e., microbial e.) is characterized by round spots of oozing or dry rash, with clear boundaries, often on lower legs. It is usually worse in winter. Cause is unknown, and the condition tends to come and go. 

Venous eczema (aka gravitational e., stasis dermatitis, varicose e.) occurs in people with impaired circulation, varicose veins and edema, and is particularly common in the ankle area of people over 50. There is redness, scaling, darkening of the skin and itching. The disorder predisposes to leg ulcers. 

Dermatitis herpetiformis (aka Duhring’s Disease) causes intensely itchy and typically symmetrical rash on arms, thighs, knees, and back. It is directly related to celiac disease and can often be put into remission with appropriate diet. 

Neurodermatitis (aka lichen simplex chronicus, localized scratch dermatitis) is an itchy area of thickened, pigmented eczema patch that results from habitual rubbing and scratching. Usually there is only one spot. Often curable through behavior modification and anti-inflammatory medication. Prurigo nodularis is a related disorder showing multiple lumps. 

Autoeczematization (aka id reaction, autosensitization) is an eczematous reaction to an infection with parasites, fungi, bacteria or viruses. It is completely curable with the clearance of the original infection that caused it. The appearance varies depending on the cause. It always occurs some distance away from the original infection. 

There are also eczemas overlaid by viral infections (e. herpeticum, e. vaccinatum), and eczemas resulting from underlying disease (e.g. lymphoma). Eczemas originating from ingestion of medications, foods, and chemicals, have not yet been clearly systematized. Other rare eczematous disorders exist in addition to those listed here.

How does Snugglepaws eczema clothing help?

Snugglepaws eczema clothing for children is a carefully thought out idea that works by covering the hands and feet to prevent your child scratching their dry, itchy skin.

By protecting skin and preventing scratching, the coverage concept helps to break down the itch/scratch cycle, allowing the skin to heal and guarding against infection. 

All our products are made in certified Okeo-tex cotton, which means that the fabric and its ingredients have been tested and are free for harmful substances, whilst being produced in an environmentally friendly process. 

Okeo-tex standard 100 gives you peace of mind that your child will be comfortable and protected in Snugglepaws eczema clothing for children.

What is Okeo-tex standard 100?

A garment labelled with okeo-tex standard 100 offers you the consumer assurance that the garment does not contain any harmful substances,which are detrimental to health.

Why cotton fabric?

100% cotton is a natural fabric that keeps the body temperature regulated unlike synthetic and man-made fabrics.

How to best care for your Snugglepaws garment?

Wash inside out at 60 degrees in non biological powder without conditioner and then cool tumble dry.

What size?

It is best to purchase your garment to the nearest size to your Childs age and not be tempted to buy a "grow into size". The garments need to be of a moderate fit and not too big. For more information please take a look at the sizing page.

When will you post my goods?

Credit and debit card payments are instant and goods are scheduled for despatch once payment is cleared. Cheques must be banked on receipt for security reasons and payment cleared before goods can be scheduled for despatched.

Who do I make my cheque out to and where do I send it?Please make all cheques out to Snugglepaws and sent to:

Snugglepaws Ltd
Po Box 55
TN23 9DT

What happens if you are out of stock when I place an order?

If we are temporarily out of stock we will contact you immediately.