Eczema (also known as dermatitis or rashes) affects 28 million people in the U.S. The most common form of Eczema (Atopic dermatitis) is commonly referred to as “the itch that rashes.” Eczema has many causes that can include: skin contact with harsh chemicals, allergic reactions or being exposed to heat/moisture for an extended period of time.
Eczema caused by an allergic reaction will most likely occur within a few days of exposure to the allergen. This allergic reaction can appear in many forms. These can include blistering, patches of dry skin, red skin that may have scales or crust as well as intense itchiness and scratching. The most common causes of allergic reactions in the U.S. are because of plants like poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak, metals like nickel and silver and every day products such as rubber, dyes, cosmetics, fragrances and preservatives.
Typically, Eczema can be found on the face, neck, knees, ankles and the insides of the elbows.
For more information on Eczema visit www.aad.org but please be advised that a proper Eczema diagnosis requires a visit to the dermatologist.