Health Library: Eczema

 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that typically involves dry, rashy, and very itchy skin. Eczema most commonly shows up on the arms, legs, face, and neck. Eczema usually starts early in life but can also start in adulthood.

 

What causes Eczema?

Eczema is caused by inflammation of the skin. It is typically triggered by changes in the immune system and problems with the skin barrier. It often presents in patients that also have allergies and/or asthma. If your mom or dad has a history of eczema, your chances of having eczema are increased.

 

How is Eczema treated?

It is important to note that eczema is a chronic skin condition. Eczema can be managed with medications, but there is no cure for eczema. Eczema can be treated with steroid and nonsteroidal topical creams, oral medication, and injectable medications. If you think you may have eczema, be sure to call us and make an appointment with one of our providers.

 

Want to learn more?

American Academy of Dermatology – Eczema