Eczema is a dry, red, patchy, scaly and itchy rash that can occur on any part of the skin. It is commonly seen in the elbow creases and on the hands. It is part of a condition known as atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis consists of one or more of the following: allergies (such as hay fever and nasal allergies), eczema, asthma and keratosis pilaris (small bumps usually on the upper arms and legs). These conditions can be seen directly on an individual or the person may have only one of the above with a family history of the others. Dry weather and harsh chemicals in contact with the skin can make eczema worse. Stress can also exacerbate eczematos reactions.
Eczema is not contagious so it cannot be spread from person to person. It is, however, believed to be genetic. If you are experiencing bothersome eczema, prescription treatments can be very helpful. There is a variety of new medications that my eczema patients have found very helpful. To avoid infecting your skin, try not to scratch at eczemetos patches.
– Dr. Bussell
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