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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.
Burdensome symptoms of eczema can lead to impaired quality of life, shows study

Burdensome symptoms of eczema can lead to impaired quality of life, shows study

New analysis reveals link between fast food consumption and increased risk of allergic diseases

New analysis reveals link between fast food consumption and increased risk of allergic diseases

Research sheds light on pathways involved in transmitting itch sensations from skin to brain

Research sheds light on pathways involved in transmitting itch sensations from skin to brain

Study offers new hope for people with atopic dermatitis

Study offers new hope for people with atopic dermatitis

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

Ozone exposure at birth linked to increased risk of developing asthma in childhood

Ozone exposure at birth linked to increased risk of developing asthma in childhood

Study shows potential of using electronic health records for more complete clinical trial results

Study shows potential of using electronic health records for more complete clinical trial results

New test developed for accurate and safe diagnosis of peanut allergies

New test developed for accurate and safe diagnosis of peanut allergies

Clinical trial tests natural treatment to provide long-term solution for chronic eczema

Clinical trial tests natural treatment to provide long-term solution for chronic eczema

Acid-suppressing medicines and antibiotics in infancy linked to later allergic disease risk

Acid-suppressing medicines and antibiotics in infancy linked to later allergic disease risk

Many parents still hesitate to try early peanut introduction, survey finds

Many parents still hesitate to try early peanut introduction, survey finds

Study sheds new light on seasonal skin changes

Study sheds new light on seasonal skin changes

New suggests different approach to eczema treatment

New suggests different approach to eczema treatment

Children persistently allergic to cow's milk may remain shorter, lighter than kids with nut allergies

Children persistently allergic to cow's milk may remain shorter, lighter than kids with nut allergies

Skin bacteria may be an answer to cancer find researchers

Skin bacteria may be an answer to cancer find researchers

Researchers uncover new cause of dry, inflamed and itchy skin in eczema patients

Researchers uncover new cause of dry, inflamed and itchy skin in eczema patients

New study identifies possible target for treatment of dangerous allergic reactions

New study identifies possible target for treatment of dangerous allergic reactions

Intermountain Medical Center launches rooming-in program to support bonding between mothers and newborns

Intermountain Medical Center launches rooming-in program to support bonding between mothers and newborns

Scientists find how potential new eczema treatment could also alleviate asthma

Scientists find how potential new eczema treatment could also alleviate asthma

LJI study reveals key player that promotes skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis

LJI study reveals key player that promotes skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis