What is Eczema?
Eczema is a broad term that refers to an inflammation of the outer layer of skin-the epidermis. This condition is characterized by dryness of the skin and is often accompanied by redness, itching, swelling, and sometime bleeding and infection.
What causes Eczema?
Atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema, is thought to have a genetic basis, and does indeed run in families. It is an allergic process, and is often seen in patients with asthma. It tends to appear on the face and in areas of skin folds such as the armpits, elbow creases, and behind the knees.
How is Eczema diagnosed?
As many different things can cause a similar appearing rash, your dermatologist will examine your rash and get a detailed history to make sure it is not another condition such as contact dermatitis.