The following are some frequently asked questions that may help you as you manage your eczema.

Eczema is a skin condition in which patches of skin become irritated and inflamed. In most cases, it appears before the age of 6 months, and it improves before adolescence in 80% of cases.
Eczema affects as many as 15 million Americans. It may occur in both children and adults, but happens most frequently in very young children. Eczema affects male and female individuals equally. It is more common in people with asthma and allergies and in those with a family history of asthma and allergies.
After 7 years of age, eczema mostly disappears in about 80% of children, though skin irritations can persist throughout their life. In some cases, stressful events or conflicts during adolescence may cause eczema to reappear.
The most frequent symptom of eczema is dry, red, itchy, and/or irritated patches of skin.

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.


  1. Atopic Dermatitis Foundation. Frequently asked questions (https://www.fondation-dermatite-atopique.org/en/patients-parents-family-space/frequently-asked-questions).
  2. Cleveland Clinic. Eczema: frequently asked questions (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/understanding-eczema/faq).
Disclaimer This site is NOT considered medical advice. It contains general information about eczema, and patients must not rely on this information as an alternative to advice from their healthcare provider. Patients should never delay seeking medical advice, discontinue medical treatment, or disregard medical advice based on the information on this site.