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Eczema

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Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions.

Eczema is a chronic, relapsing, and very itchy rash at some point during childhood.
Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions.
Fortunately, many children with eczema find that the disease clears and often disappears with age.
Eczema is not contagious and, like many diseases, currently cannot be cured.

Causes

Dry skin is common, it happens more often in the winter.
The skin loses moisture and may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed.
Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute to dry skin.

Signs & Symptoms:

     * Red to brownish-gray colored patches
    * Itching, which may be severe, especially at night?
    * Small, raised bumps, which may leak fluid and crust over when scratched
    * Thickened, cracked or scaly skin
    * Raw, sensitive skin from scratching

Treatment

Prevention

Application of lotions or creams to keep the skin as moist as possible
Local steroid creams are the main treatment for the itching in eczema
After the rash settles down, use it at least once daily for another 2 weeks. It can be used whenever the itching or rash develops


    * Moisturize frequently
    * Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
    * Avoid sweating or overheating
    * Reduce stress
    * Avoid scratchy materials (e.g., wool or other irritants)
    * Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents
    * Avoid environmental factors that trigger allergies (e.g., pollens, molds, mites, and animal dander)
    * Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods