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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 characterized 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 behavioral problems than children without the condition. This may be due to psychological effects arising from bullying, sleep disturbances or self-confidence issues.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Eczema


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