Eczema also known as dermatitis is an inflamed skin condition characterized by itching and burning sensation. It is not contagious (unless infected) and includes a group of conditions, the most common being atomic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema.
There is no known cause for eczeema. However, it can be triggered by factors like excessive sweating, abrupt changes in temperature and humidity, skin contact with coarse materials, use of harsh soaps and detergents, stress, upper respiratory infections, and so on. Bouts of eczema usually come and go.
Eczema can occur on any part of the body, especially the face, knees, hands, and feet. Its appearance, though, can differ from one individual to another.
Generally, eczema gives rise to dry, bumpy, and itchy rashes that tend to become thick and scaly due repeated scratching.
Furthermore, eczema rashes are quite common in childhood. Nevertheless, it has been observed that in most cases, the problem tends to disappear with age.
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