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Can eczema take form of itchy bumps and blisters instead of just dry red patches? Should I be concerned if anything life threatening?

Can eczema take form of itchy bumps and blisters instead of just dry red patches? Should I be concerned if anything life threatening?

Not life threatening: Just "quality of life" threatening. Yes eczema can take the form of blisters and itchy blister depending on which kind. Atopic dermatitis doesn't usually do this but a contact dermatitis such as poison ivy/oak will. You could also have a infection on top of your dry skin eczema and the blisters could even be herpes but this usually becomes painful. ...Read more

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Will eczema be present the rest of your life?

Will eczema be present the rest of your life?

Eczema: The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown, but it's likely due to a combination of dry, irritable skin with a malfunction in the body's immune system. Stress & other emotional disorders can worsen but don't cause it. Many believe it is genetic. It most often begins in childhood before age 5 & may persist into adulthood. For some, it flares periodically and then subsides. ...Read more

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I have had eczema my whole life and its making me miserable?

I have had eczema my whole life and its making me miserable?

See specialist: For refractory eczema there are various treatment that you might not have tried that could improve your symptoms. Higher dose topical corticosteroid ointments, better skin hygiene, more frequent moisturization, chlorine baths, wet wraps, phototherapy, oral antibiotics, calcium/vitamin D supplementation, or more aggressive systemic medications like anti-inflammatories or immune-modulators. ...Read more

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My 8 month old niece has horrific eczema..Will this last her whole life?

My 8 month old niece has horrific eczema..Will this last her whole life?

No cure yet but...: Eczema can be controlled and kept checked by utilizing maintenance treatment with calcineurin inhibitors. Known triggers should be avoided. Even for most recalcitrant one, cytokine inhibitors are promising. ...Read more

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Does eczema eventually go away? Or does it persist for life?

Does eczema eventually go away? Or does it persist for life?

Eczema: Eczema is a chronic skin condition. It may be severe in childhood and then improve dramatically in teen years, however many people who have eczema have periodic flares throughout their lives. Most people with eczema have dry skin. Keeping skin moisturized, removing fragrances, dyes, irritants from your environment, using mild cleansers will all help prevent flares. ...Read more

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I have xeronic eczema! what should I do? What medication & life style?

I have xeronic eczema! what should I do? What medication & life style?

Eczema : Eczema and xerosis (dry skin) often respond to moisturizers and topical corticosteroid cream for short periods of time. A humidifier when the air is dry is helpful. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have severe eczema, having trouble living a normal life. Please help me!?

I have severe eczema, having trouble living a normal life. Please help me!?

Eczema: If you see the last two answers i made, most of your answers are there for mild to moderate eczema. Severe eczema which is not under control, should be evaluated by an specialist/dermatologist. S/he may think of treating your eczema with more aggressive way with oral/systemic medication, immune therapy, ultraviolet light/puva therapy etc. ...Read more

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Eczema is ruining my life my eyebrows fall out in chunks cause of it please help me what can I do ? I swear I can't live like this

Eczema is ruining my life my eyebrows fall out in chunks cause of it please help me what can I do ? I swear I can't live like this

Eczema: Please schedule a visit with a dermatologist. It sounds like your eczema may need some intensive and ongoing therapy. Please note, however, that this sort of problem can be managed with the right treatment. It is possible that you have psoriasis or other skin condition rather than eczema, so it is important to have a knowledgeable dermatologist make the proper diagnosis before treating. ...Read more