Eczema is a common problem that causes the skin to become inflamed. People often also call it dermatitis.
Eczema comes in many forms. But the different types of eczema tend to cause these symptoms:
Itching. The itching can be intense. The damage to the skin during eczema is often due to scratching.
Scaling. The surface of the skin can flake off, giving the skin a rough, scaly appearance.
Redness. The affected skin may bleed and appear blotchy.
For itching, treatment may include antihistamines. Also, taking baths with colloidal oatmeal (such as Aveeno) or applying wet dressings to the rash for 30 minutes several times a day may help.
In severe cases, hospitalization may be needed. A short
stay in the hospital can quickly control the condition.
What to think about
Counseling may be helpful for children and adults with atopic dermatitis. Talking with a
counselor can help reduce stress and anxiety caused by atopic dermatitis and
can help a person cope with the condition.