Eczema is a catchall phrase referring to a group of several different skin conditions that are generally red and itchy. It is most prevalent in babies and children, but several eczema disorders are almost exclusively experienced by adults. Eczema is not contagious.
What Does Eczema Look Like?
Eczema produces a variety of symptoms depending on the type and the severity of the condition but include patches of skin discoloration, small fluid-filled blisters, lichenification (leather-like patches of skin), redness and swollen skin irritation, and coin-shaped areas of itchy skin.
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Many endogenous and exogenous factors can exacerbate the condition of eczema and can greatly depend on the patient’s sensitivity level. Eczema can be worsened by an illness, sensitivity to medications, lengthy exposure to water, changes in external temperature, changes in body temperature, skin irritants such as fragrances and dyes, stress, certain foods, dry skin, and cigarette smoke.
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