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

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

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. ...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 a person get eczema?

How does a person get eczema?

Eczema: Doctors do not know the exact cause of eczema, but a defect of the skin that impairs its function as a barrier, possibly combined with an abnormal function of the immune system, are believed to be important factors. Studies have shown that in people with atopic dermatitis there are gene defects that lead to abnormalities in certain proteins (such as filaggrin) that are important in skin health. ...Read more

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Why and how do people get eczema

Why and how do people get eczema

Many reasons: Too many reasons why people get it. Contact allergens(allergic contact dermatitis), genetic background(atopic dermatitis), dry environment or aging(xerotic eczema), stress(dyshydrotic eczema), stress plus possible yeast infecion(seborrheic dermatitis) are just some of them. ...Read more

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What could I do to get my eczema better?

What could I do to get my eczema better?

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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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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What can I get for a severe case of eczema?

What can I get for a severe case of eczema?

Eczema: Hydrocortisone over the counter and cetaphil or perform a virtual consult for prescription medication ...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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Is eczema recurrent..how long does it normally take to get ok..

Eczema: Eczema may flare up now and then, at different times of the year, it is one of the chronic problem, probably no cure but could be controlled with treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you get eczema during your childhood?

What exactly does it mean if you get eczema during your childhood?

May outgrow it: Eczema often occurs with allergies and asthma. Some children contonue to have it into adulthood, while others will outgrow it with time. ...Read more

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No relatives in my family have eczema except for me. Is there a higher chance that my children will get it?

No relatives in my family have eczema except for me. Is there a higher chance that my children will get it?

Atopic diseases: "atopic diseases" including allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis or eczema, and asthma do appear to have genetic influence. If one parent has an atopic disease, the likelihood that there children will have atopy is increased. There is large variation in expression. ...Read more

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Quickest way to get over eczema?

Quickest way to get over eczema?

Eczema blues!: Eczema can be trying for both patient & treating doctor. Eczema can occur from extrinsic as well as intrinsic factors. To find the cause of eczema is the tricky part. Key thing is to keep the skin nice&soft & infection free¬ to itch. I have found that applying cold paks on the eczema when it itches, helps calm the itch and prevents infection from scratching. Use lots of moisturiser. ...Read more

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Is my 5 month-old too young to get eczema?

Is my 5 month-old too young to get eczema?

No: The term eczema has been used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis. Eczematoid lesions in infant include atopic dermatitis which starts as early as 4 weeks of age. ...Read more

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What is eczema herpeticum and how does a person get it?

What is eczema herpeticum and how does a person get it?

Serious illness: Eczema herpeticum is a rare but severe disseminated infection that generally occurs at sites of skin damage produced by eczema or other rashes. It is most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus, but it may also be caused by other viruses. It causes serious illness, and can be life threatening in babies and old/debilitated people. ...Read more

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Is if possible to develop psoriasis or eczema as you get older?

Is if possible to develop psoriasis or eczema as you get older?

Yes: Either of these skin conditions can develop at any time of life. Eczema occurs more often in people with other allergies like asthma and hayfever. Eczema may occur in infancy then resolve at school age and recur later in life. ...Read more

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Help! i'm having an eczema breakout. How do I get this treated fast?

Help! i'm having an eczema breakout. How do I get this treated fast?

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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I have eczema and I use vasline but it never seems to completely soften it how can I get it soft?

I have eczema and I use vasline but it never seems to completely soften it how can I get it soft?

See below: The treatment for ezcema is moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Multiple times a day. After that, reducing inflammation can be done with topical steroids. If your skin is really thick and not softening, it may take a while to remedy this as you may have lichenifications which are area of thickened skin due to scratching and chronic inflammation. Partial healing can take a minimum of 3 wks. ...Read more

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How to get rid of eczema?

How to get rid of eczema?

No real cure: Although there is no real cure, proper moisturizing, topical steroids (triamcinolone, hydrocortisone, etc) and avoiding offending chemicals (alcohol-containing products, drying soaps, etc) can all help. ...Read more

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How to get rid of eczema?

How to get rid of eczema?

No cure yet: Eczema is considered a chronic skin condition which is not curable, but treatable. It tends to get worse during dry/colder weath and better with warmer and more humid temperature. Keep skin moist, avoid excessive cleansing/scrubbing/hot bath/showers etc...Generous use of skin lotion helps. At times, topical meds/steroids, or oral medications may be needed. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to get rid of eczema?

How to get rid of eczema?

Avoid triggers : First avoid exacerbating factors that disrupt the already abnormal epidermal barrier, these include excessive bathing, low humidity environments, emotional stress, dry skin (so use a good quality moisturizer), avoid excessive heat, avoid harsh detergents and chemicals. Also, avoid anything that induces itch since it will promote flares in the scratch area. For flares, use topical steroids. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my eczema?

Soaks and creams: Cool water soaks, ointments, steroid creams and possible further allergy eveluation. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

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