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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.
New yardstick offers practical recommendations for treatment of atopic dermatitis

New yardstick offers practical recommendations for treatment of atopic dermatitis

Steroid study provides new insights into medicines' side effects

Steroid study provides new insights into medicines' side effects

Chemotherapy-generated debris from dead and dying cancer cells can stimulate tumor growth

Chemotherapy-generated debris from dead and dying cancer cells can stimulate tumor growth

Researchers identify distinct subgroups of eczema in children

Researchers identify distinct subgroups of eczema in children

Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies

Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies

Water baths just as effective as bleach baths at reducing severity of eczema

Water baths just as effective as bleach baths at reducing severity of eczema

Children who have atopic dermatitis at age one more likely to develop asthma and food allergies

Children who have atopic dermatitis at age one more likely to develop asthma and food allergies

Breastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthma

Breastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthma

Researchers discover mechanism behind skin inflammation in eczema

Researchers discover mechanism behind skin inflammation in eczema

Condition of hands impacts quality of life and job satisfaction for nurses, survey finds

Condition of hands impacts quality of life and job satisfaction for nurses, survey finds

New treatment reduces disease burden in patients with rare dermatologic condition

New treatment reduces disease burden in patients with rare dermatologic condition

Dogs may protect children from allergic eczema and asthma

Dogs may protect children from allergic eczema and asthma

Research: Peanut allergy in children has increased 21% since 2010

Research: Peanut allergy in children has increased 21% since 2010

New targeted therapies help relieve symptoms of atopic dermatitis

New targeted therapies help relieve symptoms of atopic dermatitis

Eczema and family history linked to severe hospitalization for children with asthma

Eczema and family history linked to severe hospitalization for children with asthma

Study: Most pediatricians do not tell parents about early peanut introduction to prevent allergy

Study: Most pediatricians do not tell parents about early peanut introduction to prevent allergy

Canadian researchers pinpoint new gene linked to peanut allergy

Canadian researchers pinpoint new gene linked to peanut allergy

BSACI’s new guidelines enhance diagnosis and management of peanut allergy

BSACI’s new guidelines enhance diagnosis and management of peanut allergy

Hard water may contribute to development of eczema by damaging skin barrier

Hard water may contribute to development of eczema by damaging skin barrier

Eczema patients’ lack of disease knowledge could lead to misinformed treatment choices

Eczema patients’ lack of disease knowledge could lead to misinformed treatment choices