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A 33-year-old female asked about a male:

Hi, my 4 yrs old son, he got itchy n red skin arround the neck.. is this eczema n what is the difference bitween eczema ointment, cream n lotion ? thx

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
M.D. visit: Eczema may be associated with allergies. It can involve various areas, including the elbows and knees. Eczema is treated with moisturizers and topical steroids. Lotion is easier to apply to a larger affected area and is less dense than ointment or cream. Limiting bath time to 15 minutes with luke warm water/apply moisturizer afterwards. Other causes incl insect bite or contact dermatitis.
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Should see doctor: There are many different causes for red itchy rashes in children. Eczema is a possibility, but it usually appears in the folds of the arms and legs. I would suggest that he be seen by his pediatrician. Ointments are greasy feeling and tend to stay on the surface of the skin, while creams and lotions are more water-based and rub into the skin without leaving a residue.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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