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What are some symptoms of eczema?

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People usually have their first eczema symptoms when they’re babies, but children and adults can have the condition. No two people have exactly the same symptoms.

The disease often appears as skin patches that can be:

  • Very itchy
  • Red
  • Dry
  • Swollen
  • Sore

Rashes tend to come and go, and they can get crusty and scaly. Some types of eczema can also blister, leak fluid, crack, or peel. An infection or too much scratching can make your symptoms worse. It can even make your skin thick and leathery.

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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