Eczema, also known as “atopic dermatitis,” is medical condition that cause recurring itching, and scaly, red, thickened skin. Sometimes people with eczema get coin-size welts or small, fluid-filled blisters on their skin. Physicians recognize a number of different types of eczema including allergic/atopic and nummular.

Eczema can be caused by allergies to different substances, including food sensitivities. Eczema tends to run in families and people with eczema are more likely to have hayfever, sinus infections, and asthma also. Allergic eczema is also commonly worse in winter than summer. The condition gerallyn starts in infancy and continues less frequently into adulthood.

Eczema has a genetic component. If you have a first degree relative with the condition, your risk is about 25 percent for having it. If you have two parents with eczema, your risk is around 50 percent for having it.

Eczema can also be caused by exposure to environmental trigger or irritants. Job- or hobby-related eczema usually develops in body parts exposed to offending chemicals, usually your hands or arms, and especially under jewelry where irritants tend to get trapped.

Other common eczema triggers include psychological stress, profuse sweating, and exposure to grease, oils, soaps, detergents, dry climates, irritating fibers, a change of climate, hot or cold temperatures, or environmental pollutants.

Often, it’s quite difficult to pinpoint a cause of eczema. The most common symptoms are itching and a red scaly rash. The itching may be continuous or sporadic depending on the severity of your eczema. The itch-scratch cycle makes eczema worse and makes the condition appear more intense than otherwise. Excessive scratching can lead to abrasion that can get infected. The break in the skin allows bacteria that normally remain on the surface of your skin to invade deeper tissue.

There are a number of great treatments for eczema. The most common and widely used treatment is prescription steroid creams that quickly calm the rash and get rid of the itch. In addition to the steroid creams, other creams are available that can help eliminate the eczema. For rare cases that do not respond to topical creams, more aggressive medicines are available.

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