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is eczema hereditary?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Sometimes: Eczema is in the same group of conditions as allergies and asthma, and can run in families the way they do. It can occur without a family history, though. Also, similar rashes can be caused by contact with irritants or certain metals if you're allergic to them. Use sensitive skin cleanser, avoid bathing in very hot water, and use sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily.See your doc if you need.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Great answer. In my practice, infants and children younger than 4 or 5 years of age usually have viral URI as their cause of rhinitis and nasal congestion. The ones in that age range for whom I do seriously consider allergies as the cause of their rhinitis are those with eczema. Eczema is a clear indication of allergic hyper-reactivity and inflammation. Those are the kids who are super-sensitive.
Dec 15, 2011
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Yes: It is usually linked with asthma and hay fever.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Yes, it can be.: Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a type of skin allergy or sensitivity. The atopic dermatitis triad includes asthma, allergies (hay fever), and eczema. There is a known hereditary component of the disease, and it is seen more in some families. The hallmarks of the disease include skin rashes and itching. It can occur in any age, most often it affects infants and young children.
Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology 31 years experience
Blame your parents?: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I blame my parents whenever i get the chance, that's what they are there for!

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How can I treat eczema?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Moisturizers: Moisturizers are the mainstay of ezcema treatment. For stubborn spots doctors often prescribe steroid creams. If eczema is caused or aggravated by allergy, then removal of the offending agent is important too. For more moderate eczema, we recommend soaking in water till the child wrinkles, then pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This can be done several times daily or weekly.
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Why does warm weather aggravate eczema?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Sweat, mostly.: Irritation by sweat is the most likely mechanism. Sensitivity to seasonal fruits or vegetables, or warm-weather topicals (such as sunblocks) may also be responsible.
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Will eczema go away without treatment?

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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Yes: The key to treating eczema is moisturizing the skin two to three times a day with a heavy (scooping out of a jar) moisturizer such as eucerin, vaseline or cocoa butter. Only if the skin still develops bumps is a steroid cream usually needed.
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What are the symptoms of eczema?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Itching: Eczema's main symptom is itching. In babies too young to scratch themselves, you might see red/chappy red cheeks from face rubbing, sleeplessness, or irritability.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

How do you get eczema? What happens? Is it hereditary?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It gets you.: Eczema is a term sometimes used loosely to mean "dermatitis." in that sense there are a wide variety of eczemas with a variety of causes - many unknown. More strictly, eczema refers to atopic dermatitis which is a partly hereditary disease. Usually presents in childhood and affects skin creases such as inner elbow, etc.

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