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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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Eczema (Definition)

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms 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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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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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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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?

Hydrocortisone 1%: Although most versions of hydrocortisone 1% cream or ointment are labeled as maximum strength, this only means maximum strength to be sold without a prescription. Pharmacologically, hydrocortisone is a weak corticosteroid when compared to others in the same class. There are many, corticosteroid creams that are much more potent, but require a prescription. I sugges a visit to a dermatologist. ...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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