Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation.
Atopic dermatitis is the most common of
the many types of eczema. While the word
"dermatitis" means inflammation of the skin, "atopic" refers to an allergic
tendency, which is often inherited. These eczema sufferers have a higher risk
of developing other allergic conditions (like asthma or hay fever).
Typically, eczema causes skin to become
itchy, red, and dry -- even cracked and leathery. Eczema most frequently
appears on the face and extremities, but it can show up in other areas,
Eczema is a chronic problem for many people. It is most common among
infants, many of whom outgrow it before school age.
Read more about eczema.