Eczema

By: Avery Sharkey and Emma Logan

What is eczema?

Eczema is an itchy, red rash that can appear all over the skin. The area containing eczema will most likely become inflamed. Over 30 million Americans have eczema.

Symptoms

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Intense itching
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Recurring rash
  • Scaly areas
  • Rough, leathery patches
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Areas of swelling
  • Dark colored patches of skin

Treatment (at home)

  • Warm baths (not hot)
  • Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after taking a bath/shower to lock in moisture
  • Wear cotton or soft fabrics
  • Use mild soap, nothing to harsh
  • Avoid sweating when possible
  • Reduce stress

Treatment (from professionals)

  • Dermatologists can prescribe non oral medication a based on your case
  • Anti-inflammatories work well for mild cases
  • Oral medications may be prescribed for severe cases
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Normal skin

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Skin with eczema