Specific Purpose: To inform my classmates about eczema.
FACT: Atopic Eczema is not contagious.
Attention Device: About three years ago, I developed a skin condition, commonly known as eczema. This condition causes the skin to become dry and inflamed. I struggled with the condition, undiagnosed, for a year. Since then, I have learned to manage my eczema.
Topic Revelation Statement: Today I will inform you about the skin condition properly named Atopic Eczema.
Significance Statement: In your lifetime, there is a great possibility that you will encounter someone who has Eczema. Learning about its complexity will help you better understand what the person is going through.
Preview of Main Points: In the time I have, I am going to talk about what Atopic Eczema is, what is thought to cause it, and what treatment options are available for it.
I.…show more content… What is Eczema?
A. The British Medical Journal, March 11th, 2006, defines Atopic Eczema as “a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin condition associated with epidermal [the protective outer layer of the skin] barrier dysfunction.”
1. While eczema does vary widely from person to person, a few common characteristics include, but are not limited to: persistent itching, raw, dry skin, sensitivity, skin thickening, and cracking.
B. In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Gil Yosipovitch, a dermatologist at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, compares the chronic itching of Atopic Eczema to that of a bug bite. He states that while scratching at the bite may help reduce the itching, scratching at Eczema can cause more suffering than relief.
1. Dirt underneath fingernails can cause infections.
2. Worsens the itch.
3. Spreads rash.
C. While skin can be sensitive on its own, Eczema causes skin to be almost