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Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a long-lasting, itchy inflammatory condition of the skin which may become red, dry, blistered, crusted, scaly or thickened.

Eczema can affect any part of the skin but most commonly manifests in parts of the body where skin folds are found such as the elbows or backs of the knees. The cause of eczema is not yet known but it is thought to involve an inherited tendency towards sensitive skin.

Although eczema can flare up for no apparent reason, sufferers may notice particular triggers that seem to worsen their condition. Some common examples are allergens such as pollen, house dust mites or pet fur, irritants such as detergents and soaps and rough clothing fabrics such as wool. Rarely, certain foods such as milk, eggs, wheat or nuts may trigger a flare-up.

Although eczema cannot be cured, it can be controlled by avoiding any known triggers of the condition. A range of medications are also available to help control symptoms and emollients in the form of creams, lotions, or oils can prevent dehydration of the skin and help it repair as well as relieving itchiness.

In the UK, up to 20% of children and up to 10% of adults have eczema and the condition is equally common in men and women.
UC San Diego researchers suggest transplanting good bacteria to treat patients with atopic dermatitis

UC San Diego researchers suggest transplanting good bacteria to treat patients with atopic dermatitis

New article provides thought-provoking view on the rise of allergy, autoimmune diseases

New article provides thought-provoking view on the rise of allergy, autoimmune diseases

Study finds limited evidence that styrene causes cancer in humans

Study finds limited evidence that styrene causes cancer in humans

Dermatologist recommends few tips to help prevent hand rashes

Dermatologist recommends few tips to help prevent hand rashes

Dermatologist offers recommendations to protect skin from pollution

Dermatologist offers recommendations to protect skin from pollution

CHORI virologist receives grant from Abate Med to study new treatment for atopic dermatitis

CHORI virologist receives grant from Abate Med to study new treatment for atopic dermatitis

Dermatologist offers tips to help soothe itchy skin

Dermatologist offers tips to help soothe itchy skin

New US guidelines developed for the prevention of peanut allergy

New US guidelines developed for the prevention of peanut allergy

Experts issue clinical guidelines to help early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants

Experts issue clinical guidelines to help early introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants

Contact dermatitis or contact eczema?

Contact dermatitis or contact eczema?

Combination therapy holds great promise to clear precancerous skin lesions

Combination therapy holds great promise to clear precancerous skin lesions

Replacing missing gut bacteria could help treat children with rare autoimmune disease

Replacing missing gut bacteria could help treat children with rare autoimmune disease

FDA approves new treatment option for patients dealing with mild to moderate eczema

FDA approves new treatment option for patients dealing with mild to moderate eczema

New mathematical model suggests how AD may progress to become chronic

New mathematical model suggests how AD may progress to become chronic

Cost effective moisturizers could help prevent eczema in high-risk newborns

Cost effective moisturizers could help prevent eczema in high-risk newborns

New insights into epidermal cells could explain how skin maintains barrier when shedding

New insights into epidermal cells could explain how skin maintains barrier when shedding

Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Study shows new drug combination effective in treating precancerous skin lesions

Study shows new drug combination effective in treating precancerous skin lesions

Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

Doctor Developed creates new cream with natural ingredients for safe, effective eczema treatment

Doctor Developed creates new cream with natural ingredients for safe, effective eczema treatment