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Eczema

About This Condition

Eczema is a common inflammatory condition of the skin.

Many skin diseases cause symptoms similar to those of eczema, so it is important to have the disease properly diagnosed before it is treated.

Symptoms

Eczema is characterized by scaling, thickened patches of skin that can become red and fissured. It may also appear as tiny blisters (called vesicles) that rupture, weep, and crust over. The most troublesome and prevalent symptom of eczema is itching, which may be constant.

Other Therapies

Avoidance of known allergens, as well as known irritants such as soap and hot water, is also recommended.

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