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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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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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Are there any good ways to prevent eczema from spreading from one part of my body to another?

Moisturizer: Keep the skin from getting dry, apply moisturizers, over the counter coco butter etc. ...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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Hi! I have lumps, one under my chin, both sides of my armpit and in upper part of collar bone. I have eczema, does this something to do with my lumps?

Hi! I have lumps, one under my chin, both sides of my armpit and in upper part of collar bone. I have eczema, does this something to do with my lumps?

Lymph nodes?: These sound like enlarged lymph nodes that are probably not related to eczema. You should have your primary physician check you out soon rather than later. ...Read more

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On which parts of my body can I get eczema?

On which parts of my body can I get eczema?

Any area with skin: Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the skin. It tends to come and go, and affect different areas. The areas behind the knee and the inside of the elbow, areas called flexion creases, tend to be more often affected than other areas on the body. ...Read more

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On what parts of the body do people normally get eczema?

Variable: It can be all over. On babies it may be worst on the face. Inside the elbows & knees is common. No 2 the same. ...Read more

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Why did a bad part of my eczema suddenly start oozing? Thoughts?

Why did a bad part of my eczema suddenly start oozing? Thoughts?

Sign of Infection: Infection- visit primary doctor for any evidence of yellow crusting open lesions to make sure there is no underlying infection. These infections may be treated with either topical antibiotics such as bactroban (mupirocin) and may even need oral antibiotic course. ...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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My sister has little bumps on the bottom of her foot that sometimes itch is that part of her eczema?

My sister has little bumps on the bottom of her foot that sometimes itch is that part of her eczema?

"Feetches"=ItchyFeet: Eczema is part of a spectrum of skin sensitivities so maybe, aside from her eczema in the usual locations, her feet are sensitive to something. Maybe some shoes, or socks, or other things her feet contact. Because the skin is so different (thicker, tougher) on the bottoms (soles) of her feet, they may show itchy bumps instead of the usual rash. Have her doctor take a look. ...Read more

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How long does it take for eczema to go away if I use hydro cortisone cream 1 percent and the eczema is on part of my back, part of the arms, neck, face?

How long does it take for eczema to go away if I use hydro cortisone cream 1 percent and the eczema is on part of my back, part of the arms, neck, face?

Be sure eczema: If what you have is eczema and it is the extent you say it is, you will need a prescription strength medication to deal with it. The distribution of the eruption as you describe it is somewhat atypical for eczema. You should see a dermatologist and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment for your condition. Treated properly, the eruption should clear within a few days. ...Read more

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My 2 year old boy has asthma and eczema. He has rashes all over his body which irritate him. Can an allergist help with this condition? Is it apt to see one?

My 2 year old boy has asthma and eczema. He has rashes all over his body which irritate him. Can an allergist help with this condition? Is it apt to see one?

Absolutely!: A pediatric asthma & allergy specialist can be very helpful! Asthma & eczema are closely related conditions, and can be miserably severe in younger children. The good news is that there are many newer, very effective treatments, and a good specialist can work with you and your child to find the best solutions now and has he continues to grow. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

Eczema is quite: Difficult to treat. If it were me I'd try eliminating all dyes and fragrances from my life and/or try eating wheat free. Skin cancer is extremely uncommon at 18 but not impossible. Does it look like a bruise or on closer inspection, or is it more brownish? Sometimes areas that have been inflamed (eczema) turn brown afterwards. If you have a family history of melanoma, see MD. O/w no diagnosis ...Read more

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Hi doctor! I used to have eczema in my toes, not anymore the problem is that part of my feet turns so red and my nails still yellow. (not itchy)?

Hi doctor! I used to have eczema in my toes, not anymore the problem is that part of my feet turns so red and my nails still yellow. (not itchy)?

The nails can be: Checked for fungus....the redness could be many different things...since I can't see it hard to comment but if not sure it can always be biopsied... ...Read more

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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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