Eczema or dermatitis presents as pink-red, scaly skin which is itchy and can become infected if not treated.
Most children with atopic dermatitis grow out of the condition when their skin matures, however about 10% will continue to suffer with eczema late into adulthood.3
The condition generally appears in the first 6 months to 5 years of a child’s life. It usually develops on the baby’s face (particularly the cheeks and chin), and then can spread anywhere on the body (usually the folds of the elbows and knees). 4
Adults can experience eczema, even if they never suffered symptoms as a child. It’s important to know that eczema is not contagious.
Different types of eczema:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Nummular eczema
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Hand eczema
- Stasis dermatitis
All of these different types of eczema cause itching and redness, however some in more severe cases may also cause skin to blister, weep, or peel. The most prevalent type is atopic dermatitis and is usually more severe and long-lasting. 5
If you or your child has eczema, it’s vital to understand the type of eczema as well as the symptoms and triggers that worsen the disease so that you can best treat and manage your eczema.
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