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What are some other problems caused by eczema?

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When you scratch too much, your skin might break open a little. This allows bacteria or viruses to get inside and can lead to an infection.

Sometimes, the medications you take to control eczema can also cause other health problems if you take them for a long time.

Although eczema symptoms tend to die down as babies get older, people who had the condition as infants are at higher risk for other skin problems throughout life, like sensitive skin, infections, or eyelid dermatitis.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Atopic Dermatitis."

National Eczema Association: "All About Atopic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Atopic Dermatitis."

National Eczema Association: "All About Atopic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 2, 2020

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