Eczema: Overview

eczema.jpgEczema is an itchy inflammation of the skin associated to a varying degree with other features such as redness of affected areas of skin, generally dry skin, which is often thickened in the areas that have been scratched, lumps or blisters in affected areas and signs of superficial infection such as weeping or crusty deposits. The red, itchy, and flaky skin that appears in eczema is a result of the skin’s inflammatory response to physical or environmental irritants. Anybody can get eczema, although those with a family history will have a greater predisposition of developing the disease. There is currently no cure for this condition, although there are treatments that may help to alleviate the itchy symptoms.

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