Eczema is a chronic skin disorder causing itchy and rough or scaly rashes. Patients may also experience blisters or peeling skin.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The most common form of eczema is called Atopic eczema, which is caused by a hypersensitivity in the skin (similar to an allergy), leading to long-term inflammation.
Although doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, it is widely agreed upon that it is most likely caused by a combination of factors, including: patient’s environment, defects in the skin’s barrier allowing germs in and moisture out, immune system abnormalities, skin sensitivities and genetics.
Eczema is most commonly found in infants and most patients outgrow their symptoms by early adulthood.
People suffering from eczema typically have a family history of various allergic conditions including hay fever, eczema or asthma.
- Skin color changes, inflammation or redness
- Licheninfication (thickened or leather like areas of the skin after long-term inflammation)
- Ear discharge
- Raw skin from scratching
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