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What is eczema and who gets it?

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Eczema is the collective term for a few different skin conditions. Most of the time, it refers to a common skin disease called atopic dermatitis, which causes a dry, itchy, red rash. If you scratch it, it can start to ooze and crust over.

Most people with eczema get it as children. Symptoms often improve by age 5 or 6, and flare-ups stop for more than half of kids by their teenage years. But many people still have the disease as adults, though their symptoms tend to be milder.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Atopic Dermatitis: Who Gets and Causes."

EczemaNet: "Types of Eczema: Atopic Dermatitis."

PubMedHealth: Allergies."

Eczema.org: "Dry skin and atopic eczema: An Update on the Filaggrin Story... What Does It Mean to You?"

Sandilands, A. May 1, 2009. Journal of Cell Science;

National Eczema Association: "Research Confirms Genetic Skin Barrier Linked to Eczema."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 10, 2018

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