A condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It’s common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long-lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Certain substances or conditions called trigger factors can cause eczema to flare (i.e.: become worse). These trigger factors can be Irritants such as soaps and detergents, wool, skin infections, dry skin, low humidity, heat, sweating, or emotional stress. Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, molds, or foods.
The appearance of eczema can vary from mild forms, when skin looks dry and flaky, to severe forms when skin can be extremely irritated and red. The most severe forms of eczema can make your skin crack and ooze. … Other times, it will feel itchy, and scratching leads to red, rashy, and/or leathery skin.
There is currently no cure for eczema. Treatment for the condition aims to heal the affected skin and prevent flares of symptoms. Doctors will suggest a treatment plan based on an individual’s age, symptoms, and current state of health. For some people, eczema goes away over time.