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Eczema

Another common skin problem people suffer from is called eczema or dermatitis, which can affect people of all ages and can vary in severity. In the more mild forms of eczema, the affected skin will become dry, hot, and itchy. However, when the eczema is more severe, the skin may be broken, raw, and bleeding. But, while eczema can be extremely unpleasant in what it does to the skin, it is not a contagious condition. Someone who is diagnosed will always be more sensitive to the possibility of flare-ups of the skin, but with the right kind of treatment will help to manage and maintain the case of eczema.

While eczema can happen in any part of the body, there are some areas that are more prone to flare-ups than others. For infants, eczema may appear on the forehead, cheeks, forearms, legs, scalp, and even the neck. Older children and adults are most likely to get eczema primarily in the facial region, though it can also appear in other parts of the body, like the neck. Some may even get it on their elbows, knees, or ankles.

Although you may have heard of eczema, what you may not realize is that it is a term that encompasses a number of different skin conditions that involve skin inflammation. The most common of these eczema conditions is atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema, which affects between 10 and 20 percent of the world population with the resulting chronic itchy rashes.

While eczema is a chronic condition that is not always entirely curable, some children who suffer from it may find that it disappears as they continue to grow. Regardless, our highly trained team of providers will work with you to determine the type of eczema you may have and the best, most effective course of treatment.