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What is eczema?

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You may hear this called “atopic dermatitis.” It’s a chronic allergic condition that usually begins in childhood. About 11% of Americans have it. Experts aren’t certain what leads to it. They do know certain triggers can make your skin itchy, red, and dry. They include:

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Skin Allergies.” 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Skin Conditions.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Allergies and the Immune System.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Schloemer, J. International Journal of Dermatology, March 2015.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

American Academy of Dermatology: “What Is Eczema?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Scratching the Surface on Skin Allergies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Nickel Allergy: How to Avoid Exposure and Reduce Symptoms.”

Zug, K. Dermatitis, May-June 2009.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Latex Allergy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Types of Allergies: Skin Allergies.” 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Skin Conditions.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Allergies and the Immune System.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Schloemer, J. International Journal of Dermatology, March 2015.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Contact Dermatitis.”

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

American Academy of Dermatology: “What Is Eczema?”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Scratching the Surface on Skin Allergies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Nickel Allergy: How to Avoid Exposure and Reduce Symptoms.”

Zug, K. Dermatitis, May-June 2009.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Latex Allergy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

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