The following are some frequently asked questions that may help you as you manage your eczema.
The location of eczema symptoms depends on the individual’s age. In infants, red, itchy patches tend to appear on the most exposed areas such as the cheeks, forehead, and chin. In children, they appear predominantly at the elbows, behind the knees, on the upper side of the feet, and on the hands, torso, or neck. In adults, mostly the face, neck, and hands are affected.
A trigger is something that causes symptoms to appear. These may include irritating clothing (eg, wool), sweat, soap, and detergents (eg, laundry detergent). Factors in the environment such as smoke and pollen also sometimes trigger eczema. Certain foods such as nuts and dairy also may be triggers.
Eczema is not contagious.
Currently there isn’t a cure for eczema. However, effective treatment and consistent skin care can help control symptoms. Your doctor will work with you to find the best possible treatment for your needs.
REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
- Atopic Dermatitis Foundation. Frequently asked questions (https://www.fondation-dermatite-atopique.org/en/patients-parents-family-space/frequently-asked-questions).
- Cleveland Clinic. Eczema: frequently asked questions (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/understanding-eczema/faq).