What Is the Definition of Eczema?

Q:
What is the definition of eczema?

A:
Eczema is a medical term for conditions that lead to inflammation and irritation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is most common type of eczema.

About 10% to 20% of infants and 3% of adults and children in the US have eczema.

Symptoms of eczema include:

  • Rash
  • Itchiness
  • Scaly or dry skin

Possible causes:
(The real cause is unclear. The following factors are theories by researchers)

  • Family history of asthma or allergies
  • Overactive response of the immune system
  • Upper respiratory infection

 

Keyword: skin eczema

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