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What make eczema spread?

What make eczema spread?

Poor Skin Hygiene: Eczema worsens due to poor skin hygiene and exposure to triggers. Treat by applying fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream 1-2 times/day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. See an Allergist or Dermatologist to determine what triggers could be making symptoms worse (dry winter months, allergy exposure, etc). ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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How does eczema spread and does it always?

How does eczema spread and does it always?

It does not spread: Eczema is genetic and highly variable. It is not an infection, it is not contagious. It is not an allergy. We know a great deal about how to control it. Vigorous, prolonged scratching may result in wider involvement (koebner phenomenon). Usually it is itchy and dry. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Does eczema spread from one part of the body to another?

Does eczema spread from one part of the body to another?

Yes and no: The rash of eczema does not cause more rash, but the underlying attack of the immune system to one's skin, that is the heart of eczema, can attack any part of the skin and so it crops up all over, anywhere, appearing to spread. ...Read more

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Does eczema usually spread and grow larger or does it stay localized?

Does eczema usually spread and grow larger or does it stay localized?

Eczema can do both: Eczema can stay localized or spread, depending on the kind of eczema and how well or poorly it is managed. There are sites of predilection for eczema that vary according to age (infants — cheeks, arms, legs), pediatric (behind knees and in front of elbows), adults (trunks, arms, legs, hands). See a dermatologist if your eczema is difficult to manage. ...Read more

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Does eczema spread when you scratch and touch other parts of the body?

Does eczema spread when you scratch and touch other parts of the body?

No: Eczema is not an infectious disease and can not be spread. It just can appear on other parts of your body at different times. ...Read more

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How does eczema spread and is it contagious?

How does eczema spread and is it contagious?

No not contagious: Eczema is broably described to a range of skin conditions. These can cause dryness in skin and rashes and associated with itching
the cause is combination and envoirenmental factors
no it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Hi.will itching spread eczema.will it make it worse.!!!

Hi.will itching spread eczema.will it make it worse.!!!

Scratching it: Will make it worse and can get the skin infected. Try a non scented moisturizer. ...Read more

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If you have eczema can it spread to your butt & vaginal area? I've just been diagnosed with it & trying to understand more abour it.

If you have eczema can it spread to your butt & vaginal area? I've just been diagnosed with it & trying to understand more abour it.

Eczema: Eczema skin distribution is different in adult and children. In children, eczematous lesions usually locate around the join, wrist, ankle and trunk area whereas in adult it is often at the hand and feet. However, it can be found anywhere in the body but not in the mucous membrane area like inside the vagina. If the mucus membrane is involved, a different diagnosis is needed to be identified. ...Read more

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My brother's eczema has been getting worse. It's like the red blotches have spread everywhere now. This hasn't happened before. Will he be okay?

Go to dermatologist: Needs agressive rx before gets infected. Soa in th e tub x 30 minutes each day and apply vaseline immediatel after until seen. ...Read more

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What would give you eczema on the spine also sacral area? And can eczema spread?

What would give you eczema on the spine also sacral area? And can eczema spread?

Cortisone: Consider an otc topical cortisone. If that doesn't help see your pcp for a possible prescription with stronger strength to treat the ezcema. ...Read more

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Is eczema known to spread? I was diagnosed and it was getting better but now I've noticed that it has spread considerably on my face.

Is eczema known to spread?  I was diagnosed and it was getting better but now I've noticed that it has spread considerably on my face.

Eczema Issues: Eczema can affect any part of your body, more common behind knees, on wrists, elbows, neck and face but if not well controlled can generalize. Make sure you are moisturizing daily with fragrant-free moisturizer like Vanicream, Eucerin or Cetaphil. Avoid long hot showers. Use Dove white bar soap. Treat eczema flares with topical corticosteroid creams/ointments. See Dermatologist or Allergist. ...Read more

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Can eczema spread from your arm to your face is you scratch your arm then touch your face?

No.: It doesn't spread that way. You can, however, easily have it in both places. ...Read more

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Hi, i have eczema but recently after changing provinces it has spread. Is it possible to get a prescription for advantan online?

Hi, i have eczema but recently after changing provinces it has spread. Is it possible to get a prescription for advantan online?

Methylprednisolone: You have asked this on the general health education site for Health Tap, so we can't prescribe you medication. However, you may wish to try HealthTap Prime or Concierge. However, can't guarantee that they would prescribe the Methylprednisolone. ...Read more

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My son 13 months old. He has red color eczema started when he was 4 months. It was spread all the body but now on back of(knees, elbows, nick)?

My son 13 months old. He has red color eczema started when he was 4 months. It was spread all the body but now on back of(knees, elbows, nick)?

Not unusual: The distribution you describe is typical for eczema in his age group. Continuous use of a moisturizer of the affected areas is critical, as well as a burst of a topical steroid (hydrocortisone) for flare-ups. Also, maintaining at least 40% humidity in the house. If these do not improve his situation, you should consult his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Went to university across the continent. Eczema spread everywhere. When I visit home it get's worse. It's like a trigger. How can I prevent/treat this?

Went to university across the continent. Eczema spread everywhere. When I visit home it get's worse. It's like a trigger. How can I prevent/treat this?

Eczema: Eczema is often exacerbated by dryness and/or stress. Occasionally foods and/or pets can be triggers. Heavily moisturize your skin daily with a cream, not lotion. Avoid hot baths, excessive soap. If it becomes itchy, you may need a topical cortisone prescription. Moisture is the key! ...Read more

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I have read up on athletes foot. The symptoms seem to match up. But what I have is not contagious and it doesn't spread. Is it eczema?

Maybe: A certain kind of eczema on the feet is called dyshidrotic eczema. It is often confused with fungal infections or contact dermatitis. A dermatologist can sort out if you have one two or all three of them on your feet. See http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001835/. ...Read more

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Why have I got a dry patch of skin wear I wear my bra can it be eczema it's really itchy? Cos I suffer from it on my feet can it spread?

Why have I got a dry patch of skin wear I wear my bra can it be eczema it's really itchy? Cos I suffer from it on my feet can it spread?

ECZEMA: Is there metal in your bra? Probably you are allergic to it and yes it could be eczema on contact dermatitis. If you are sure that foot lesion is not fungus that can spread just eczema then try your steroid cream otherwise see your doctor. ...Read more

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Eczema on finger for yrs, recent mths spread, worse, and to finger next to it; very itchy, topical cortisol creams don't really help. What else to try?

Reduce stress levels: Is important with eczema as it's an inflammatory condition. Tthat's priority number #1. Then make sure you aren't using non organic soaps. Harsh antibacterial soaps & cleansers will irritate already sensitive fingers. Don't use static cling-free wipes in dryer as that affects your whole body. If not bleeding, try raw, virgin coconut oil. Change ur diet off fried, processed or sugary foods &, sodas. ...Read more

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How to determine if it is athletes foot, eczema, or psoriasis. I have been told all 3. It does spread, itches, and has small fluid filled bubbles.

How to determine if it is athletes foot, eczema, or psoriasis. I have been told all 3.  It does spread, itches, and has small fluid filled bubbles.

Athletes foot: This may also be a vesicular tinea pedis (athletes foot). You may need to have a skin scraping done to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Eczema on arms and legs. At first, it was just my arms it went away for a little, but it came back and has now spread to my legs?

Eczema isn't: Contagious but can appear over many aspects of the body. There is no cure but I would see a dermatologist for new treatment options to control it. We know now it is a barrier dysfunction so barrier creams and oitnments help a lot ...Read more

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I have lichenoid keratosis which my doctor described as solar lentigo with eczema. Incurable. How does it "behave"? Does it vanish/spread at times?

I have lichenoid keratosis which my doctor described as solar lentigo with eczema. Incurable. How does it "behave"? Does it vanish/spread at times?

Lichenoid Keratosis: Assuming this is a biopsy proven Lichenoid Keratosis, it is a benign lesion. Treatment options include Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen, electrosurgery or curettage. One may also opt to have no treatment. ...Read more

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Hello, I have Dyshidrotic eczema on 1 foot. Can it spread to my hands? I am 16 years old.

Variably expressed: Eczema can spread, but not usually on palms, make sure you moisturize all the available exposed areas regularly, daily ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more