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What is eczema?
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is an allergic condition that causes your skin to become red, dry, itchy and scaly. In severe cases, your skin may also weep, bleed or crust over.
What causes eczema?
Eczema occurs when the skin barrier does not work as well as it should. Moisture is easily lost from the skin, causing it to dry out. When this occurs, irritating substances can enter through gaps in dry and scaly skin and cause inflammation, which makes the skin red …
What do the common types of eczema look like?
The two most common types of eczema are atopic and contact, also known as atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. Atopic eczema is characterized by red, itchy, scaly skin areas that typically occur on the elbow or inside of the knees. It …
Is eczema hereditary?
Eczema runs in families, suggesting a hereditary component. The condition is also more likely to develop if family members also have an allergy such as asthma, hay fever or eczema. However, eczema can also occur without a family history of the condition.
Is eczema contagious?
No, eczema is not contagious and cannot be caught by coming into contact with someone with the condition.
What is the cure for eczema?
Unfortunately there is no cure for eczema, but symptoms can be managed by careful washing and moisturizing of the skin and using medications as prescribed by a doctor. Avoiding any known causes or triggers of eczema may also help to prevent eczema from flaring …
How is eczema treated?
There is no cure for eczema, so treatments aim to relieve symptoms by reducing inflammation and itchiness. Your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatment options: 1) Self-care - taking a cool bath or applying cold, wet dressings to your eczema may …
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 …
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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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