Category: Skin  


Itching, which is sometimes intense, is the hallmark symptom of eczema. Eczema is often called the “itch that rashes” as opposed to other “rashes that itch.” Any body surface area in a patient with eczema can become involved. Eczematous skin may be dry (scale and flake), wet (scratched to the point of redness and bleeding), or if bacterial or viral infection is introduced by scratching, blister and ooze. Eczema is often associated with other allergies. Patients with eczema may also have many environmental allergies. Also, about 1/3 of children with severe eczema have a food allergy that contributes to the cause. Allergy testing and elimination diets may be helpful in that circumstance. However, the skin is the primary problem and is the main focus of treatment, best managed by a dermatologist with combinations of medications (steroid and other antiinflammatory creams) and meticulous skin care.

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