Health Library : Eczema

 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a condition that involves dry, irritated, and usually very itchy skin. Is incredibly common and affects approximately 1 in 10-20 people in the U.S., from the very young to the very old. This red and itchy skin condition leads to scratching, which only worsens the rash.

 

What causes Eczema?

People affected by eczema are often caught in a vicious cycle of itching and scratching, worsening the rash, followed by more itching and scratching.

Skin afflicted with eczema can lead to infections such as warts, Molluscum, and even bacterial infections. It’s important to see your dermatologist to make sure your skin stays healthy and strong enough to fight off any unwanted afflictions. If you have asthma or seasonal allergies and develop a rash, you may have developed eczema.

 

How is Eczema treated?

There are strong topical medicines that stop the cycle in its tracks. Once the skin has been returned to its normal healthy state, a good moisturizing regimen can often prevent future flare-ups.

 

Want to learn more?

American Academy of Dermatology – Eczema