Eczema, scientifically known as Atopic Dermatitis, is an illness that makes the skin red and itchy. Anyone can be affected although cases of eczema are mostly seen in children. It is a chronic disease that comes and goes, and can be accompanied by asthma.
- Severe itching
- Red patches of skin
- Dry skin
- Small bumps that can blister if scratched
Those symptoms usually begin before the age of 5 and can come ago into adolescence and even adulthood. You may not have eczema for a few years before having symptoms again. More than half of children with eczema develop asthma and hay fever by the beginning of their teenage years.
There are no treatments available for eczema. Moisturizing your skin regularly and avoiding harsh soaps can make the skin less irritable.