A to Z: Eczemaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about genetic conditions, allergic reactions, and conditions that can affect the skin.Eczema, atopic eczema, atopic dermatitis, infantile eczema, skin conditions, rashes, corticosteroids, allergens, allergic reactions, antihistamines, antibiotics, dermatitis, atopy, steroid creams, cortisone08/14/201304/01/201909/02/201930e9bd3d-71a3-4ece-bd30-45826b3c5998https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eczema.html/<p><em>May also be called: Atopic Dermatitis</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/">Eczema</a> (EX-eh-muh) is a term that refers to a number of different <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> conditions in which the skin has a sensitive, red and irritated rash.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Eczema is a long-term (chronic) skin condition that is most commonly caused by atopic dermatitis. The word "atopic" describes conditions that happen when someone is overly sensitive to allergens in their environment, such as pollens, molds, dust, animal dander, and certain foods. "Dermatitis" means that the skin is inflamed (red and sore).</p> <p>Eczema is not an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/allergies-center.html/">allergy</a> itself, but allergies can trigger eczema. Typically, eczema symptoms appear within the first few months of life, and almost always before a child turns 5. Eczema usually appears as itchy, dry, red skin that can get worse with scratching.</p> <p>Eczema often runs in families, but it is not contagious. Many kids with eczema also will develop hay fever (seasonal allergies) or asthma. Researchers think it may be caused by a lack of certain proteins in the skin.</p> <p>Treatment for eczema usually involves moisturizing creams, steroid creams, and non-steroid creams that can be applied directly to the affected skin. Doctors sometimes also recommend antihistamines to help control itching and antibiotics to treat secondary skin infections caused by scratching and breaks in the skin.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Eczema symptoms may disappear for a while and then come back, but more than half of the kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teenagers. Eczema symptoms can be controlled through treatment, keeping skin well moisturized, and avoiding allergens and other things that can irritate the skin.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: DermatitisLearn about dermatitis, inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis.html/03fae299-303f-4ab0-92fc-da46c967dded
A to Z: Dermatitis, AtopicLearn about atopic dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis-atopic.html/1c54f661-879c-4304-afee-14d56da1862f
A to Z: Dermatitis, ContactLearn about contact dermatitis, inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis-contact.html/f2996686-a129-42d8-a0d3-60bef20e3195
A to Z: Dermatitis, Infantile SeborrheicLearn about dermatitis, inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis-infantile-seborrheic.html/9b6352e4-6ac7-48cd-ad57-26095381d645
A to Z: Dermatitis, SeborrheicLearn about seborrheic dermatitis, inflammation of the skin that causes itching and discomfort.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-dermatitis-seborrheic.html/cfdb5861-5d7f-47cb-b052-5887d10bddbb
A to Z: Eczema HerpeticumEczema herpeticum is a skin infection that occurs when the skin becomes infected by herpes simplex (the type of viruses that causes cold sores).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ez-eczema-herpeticum.html/683a327f-c5b9-451b-8e0f-b63c0c34d331
Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis) in InfantsThis harmless condition - the infant form of dandruff - causes rough, scaly patches on a baby's skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cradle-cap.html/6d174d1c-6cad-4888-852f-b18b06ce6afe
EczemaEverybody has dry skin once in a while, but eczema is more than just that. If your skin is dry, itchy, red, sore, and scaly, you may have eczema. Learn more about this uncomfortable condition and what you can to do stop itching!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/eczema.html/95bd5d11-4ca3-401a-848b-27cbaeb78cee
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Eczema can be an itchy nuisance and cause scratching that makes the problem worse. Many kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/085769a4-1f01-4f26-9de9-24cb82c71c30
Skin, Hair, and NailsOur skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/ff7f1929-9dfc-404b-91a9-b45e51633223
Tips for Taking Care of Your SkinSometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. Here are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/skin-tips.html/3fa09f8a-3c6e-4ac1-a612-9170a127d8fa
Word! EczemaIf your skin has ever been super itchy, red, and dry, you might know about eczema.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-eczema.html/1a4e5495-af31-48e4-be3a-d2bf302c2101