Atopic eczema, the most common form of eczema, can have a significant impact on both children and adults. It can cause dry, itchy, red, and cracked skin in various areas of the body. While it is a chronic condition, symptoms can improve over time with proper management.

man looking at and touching his arm which has eczema

What are the symptoms of eczema?

This skin condition can cause discomfort and irritation. It often leads to areas of your body being itchy, dry, cracked, with very sore skin. These symptoms can come and go in cycles, with flare-ups occurring as frequently as 2-3 times a month. While atopic eczema can affect various parts of the body, it is most commonly found on the hands in adults and on the insides of elbows or backs of knees, face, and scalp in children.

What causes eczema?

The exact cause of atopic eczema is still a mystery. It's not just one thing, but a combination of factors including genetics, allergies, and environmental triggers. This skin condition often runs in families and can be linked to asthma and hay fever. Triggers can be different from person to person they can be anything from soaps to stress. And for kids with severe eczema, food allergies may also play a role.

How can I treat my eczema?

Living with atopic eczema can be challenging, but there are treatments available to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. While there is no cure, self-care techniques and various treatments like emollients and topical corticosteroids can help control flare-ups and reduce discomfort.  

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