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    What are complications of eczema?

    Possible complications of eczema include: 1) Bacterial infection - when your skin becomes dry and cracked from eczema, the risk of infection passing into your body through broken skin is increased. 2) Viral infection - it is also possible for eczema-affected area to become infected with the virus that causes cold sores, known as the herpes simplex virus. This type of infection can progress into a serious condition called eczema herpeticum, which is characterised by fever and itchy blisters. 3) Eye complications - severe eczema around the eyes may lead to severe eyelid itching, watering eyes, inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis) or eyelid lining (conjunctivitis). If left untreated, these complications can lead to permanent eye damage. 4) Psychological effects - children with eczema are more likely to experience behavioural problems than children without the condition. This may be due to psychological effects arising from bullying, sleep disturbances or self-confidence issues.

    Answered on 18 May 2018. Medically reviewed by Health&

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