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Health Tip: Fighting Against Eczema

Itchy rash can be very stubborn

(HealthDay News) -- Eczema is a general term encompassing inflamed skin conditions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

One of the most common forms of eczema is atopic eczema. Up to 20 percent of the world population is affected by this chronic, relapsing and very itchy rash during childhood. Fortunately, the disease clears and often disappears with age.

Although its cause is unknown, eczema seems to be an abnormal response of the body's immune system. The inflammatory response to irritating substances is overactive, causing itching and scratching.

Eczema isn't contagious, but it can't be cured. However, for most patients the condition may be managed with treatment and avoidance of triggers.

Some ways to fight eczema include moisturizing, avoiding sudden changes in temperature or humidity, reducing stress and being aware of any foods that can cause an outbreak.

If the condition persists, worsens or does not improve, another effective treatment is the application of corticosteroid creams and ointments to reduce inflammation.

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