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Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Introduction

Names:

Atopic dermatitis, eczema

Medical category:

Dermatology

Communicability:

Not contagious

Common among:

Infants, young children

Medical diagnosis:

Depends

Heritability:

Heritable

Medical treatment:

Available

Chronic:

Yes

Permanent cure:

May cure naturally

What is eczema? What are the signs and symptoms?

Dermatitis refers to skin inflammation in general. Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is a type of dermatitis that makes the skin turn red, feel itchy, crake or flake etc. Eczema is long lasting and may come and go from time to time. It is especially common in infants and young children, but can also affect adults. Eczema is not contagious.

What are the complications of eczema?

Complications of eczema may include asthma, hay fever, skin infections, skin allergy, sleep problems, and emotional disorders.

What causes eczema?

Eczema is believed to be hereditary, but the exact causes are unknown. Excessive scratching or rubbing, stress, exposure to allergens and irritants, and various environmental factors can worsen the condition.

Can eczema be treated?

There is currently no permanent cure for eczema, but treatments are available to treat its symptoms and complications. Careful management is necessary to prevent the condition from worsening.

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All information provided on this page is general and meant for educational purposes only.
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