Eczema is an intensely itchy skin rash that affects about 10% of the population.
Also known as atopic dermatitis, this is a chronic disease of the skin, which means that doctors cannot cure the disease. But with proper medical care, the symptoms of eczema can be well controlled. While eczema can appear at any age, in most cases eczema first appears in infants and children and often people outgrow the disease after childhood.
Outbreaks typically show up on the face, scalp, or hands, but they can happen on any part of the body. Common eczema symptoms include:
- Intense itchiness
- Extremely dry skin
- Red and irritated skin
- Small blisters that may ooze
- Crusting and thickening of the skin