Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory disorder associated with dry, itchy skin and red rashes. Eczema is often linked to asthma and seasonal allergies. It usually begins during early childhood, often during the first year of life, with spontaneous remission later in life. Eczema classically affects the face, neck, hands, and creases of the elbows and knees.
Treatment for eczema aims to relieve symptoms and prevent patients from scratching the skin, which can lead to infection. For more severe cases, or those that do not respond to over-the-counter treatments, additional treatments may be needed that are prescribed by your doctor, including topical corticosteroids, antibiotics for bacterial infections, or oral antihistamines to control itching.
New treatments are constantly being studied for treatment of all types of eczema. Your doctor will determine which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.