Eczema News

Eczema encompasses a variety of skin conditions, most involving breakouts on the skin that are red and itchy. Occasionally, eczema also leads to sores that peel, weep or blister. Eczema is often an allergic disease, but it can occur for other reasons as well.

Types of Eczema

The term "eczema" is commonly used to describe the disease atopic dermatitis, which is a long-lasting allergic condition involving the skin. Contact with allergens makes the skin very itchy, which leads to scratching and then the outbreak of redness and sores that weep, swell, crack and ultimately crust over. Atopic dermatitis is a common problem in childhood, and it sometimes goes away as a child grows older, though it may persist into adulthood.

Other diseases fall under the blanket term "eczema" as well, including contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic eczema. These diseases have a lot in common with one another, especially in terms of how they present themselves on the skin, but they often have different causes. For example, nummular eczema is usually caused by the cold, dry air of the winter months, while seborrheic dermatitis is a byproduct of the body’s oil-producing glands.


Though treatments for eczema will vary somewhat depending what has caused the skin disorder, they do have some things in common. For example, the best way to manage eczema is to avoid the offending allergen or irritant when possible and to seek some soothing skin relief from over-the-counter moisturizers. For more serious cases, topical and oral medications can be prescribed. Corticosteroid creams are generally recommended. A newer topical medication, called an immunomodulator, has helped some people with eczema deal with their symptoms.

SOURCES: National Eczema Association; U.S. National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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Injections may ease itchiness, redness in patients who don't get relief with topical creams, agency says

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Skin condition cleared up just as well without use of the drugs, study found

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But same was not true for boys, study found

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The key is immediately following tub time with moisturizer

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Skin condition seems more likely in areas with high mineral content in water, study finds

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This invisible layer could restore youthful appearance for up to 24 hours

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Risk doubles for high cholesterol and blood pressure, but danger to any one child is low, findings suggest

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Study found children from homes that hand-washed dishes had less allergic disease

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Company-funded research followed nearly 7,500 kids over 10 years

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