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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

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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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

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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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How long eczema takes to leave a baby body?

How long eczema takes to leave a baby body?

Depends: Some baby may recover within months but others may linger on forever. If your baby does have eczema, be sure to apply a moisturizer on the skin immediately after bathing on a regular basis. About 70% of the eczema cases (atopic eczema) recovers by age 7. If the problem persists and becomes worse, see allergist. Do note that in eczema, allergens can sensitize a person through skin contact. ...Read more

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How can I cure severe eczema all over my body?

How can I cure severe eczema all over my body?

See below: There is not a cure. You can manage your eczema by applying moisturizer twice a day. And the flare ups would be managed by topical steroid treatments. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to control severe eczema all over the body?

What's the best thing to control severe eczema all over the body?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps ; wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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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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I have very bad eczema help! On face and body!?

See a dermatologist: Have the problem evaluated by a dermatologist. Home remedies or over the counter creams will not usually be effective for generalized disease. ...Read more

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Can you recommend the best body soap for eczema?

Eczema soap: The most popular in the U.S. Is cetaphil. Cerave is a close second. Dove is the best routine soap. Using less soap can often be a great answer. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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