Ditch the Itch: Coping With Eczema

Do you or a loved one suffer from dry, itchy skin? If, so it could be eczema, a type of skin inflammation.

Ditch the Itch: Coping With Eczema

Do you or a loved one suffer from dry, itchy skin? If, so it could be eczema, a type of dermatitis (skin inflammation) that manifests as an itchy rash. Here are ways to cope with this common, chronic skin condition.

What is Eczema and Who Gets It?


The word eczema comes from the Greek word for "to boil over." Eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis, affects over 30 million Americans. Eczema is marked by dry, itchy skin and almost always makes its first appearance during infancy or early childhood. While what causes eczema is not definitively known, it is thought to be due to structural and functional abnormalities in skin cells. About 60% of eczema patients are diagnosed during their first year of life, and approximately 85% of patients experience their first outbreak before age 5. While many people outgrow eczema during childhood, some must cope with it for a lifetime.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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