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What are the symptoms of eczema?

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  • 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.
  • Fluid-filled blisters. These can ooze and form crusts.
  • Cracking. Severely affected skin may develop painful, deep cracks, also called fissures.

Depending on the cause, eczema may flare up and cause severe symptoms, but it can also become a chronic problem with less intense symptoms.

From: Types of Eczema WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Habif, T. , 5th edition, Mosby, 2009. Clinical Dermatology

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: , 2nd edition. Current Clinical Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug .” Dupixent

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Habif, T. , 5th edition, Mosby, 2009. Clinical Dermatology

Hanifin, J. , June 2007. Dermatitis

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: , 2nd edition. Current Clinical Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug .” Dupixent

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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