What it is:

Eczema is an inflammation of the epidermis that becomes scaly and crusted. It is a red, itchy rash that is caused by dry skin, allergies, exposure to irritants, dry weather, yeast, psoriasis, reactions to medication, constant and chronic scratching, skin sores from pooling blood, dry winter skin, small blister, or skin infections. It is common in children. Most people grow out of it, but it can be a chronic condition.


Keeping skin moist by taking shorter baths and using moisturizers and humidifiers, avoiding harsh skin cleansers, and topical steroid ointments may be part of a course of treatment for eczema. Oral medication is generally reserved for severe disease. It is very common for eczema to have repeated breakouts.