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Is eczema in kids related to allergies?

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At least 10% of children around the world have eczema. It’s especially common if your child has asthma, food allergies, or hay fever or if any of these run in the family.

In infants, it shows up as a rash on the face or head. Later, it may spread to the arms and torso. The skin is often dry, itchy, and easily irritated.

From: Common Skin Allergies in Kids WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Skin allergy overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eczema."

Kliegman: , 19th edition, Saunders, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: atopic dermatitis."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Skin allergy overview."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Eczema."

Kliegman: , 19th edition, Saunders, 2011. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: atopic dermatitis."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

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