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What does mild eczema normally look like?

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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
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In brief: Eczema is...

"eczema" is a term broadly applied to a wide range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, swelling, itching/dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
It can be caused by an overactive immune system or by constant exposure to an irritant. (photo shows moderate eczema).

In brief: Eczema is...

"eczema" is a term broadly applied to a wide range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, swelling, itching/dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.
It can be caused by an overactive immune system or by constant exposure to an irritant. (photo shows moderate eczema).
Mike Moore
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Scaly pink patches

Eczema is an inflammatory condition that is exacerbated by dry skin.
Mild patches are usually pink rough finely scaly patches. At this stage, moisturizing can simply reverse the problem. If allowed to dry out more, the area can become more inflamed, and the area can appear more scaly and crusty, requiring prescription topical steroid to calm it down.

In brief: Scaly pink patches

Eczema is an inflammatory condition that is exacerbated by dry skin.
Mild patches are usually pink rough finely scaly patches. At this stage, moisturizing can simply reverse the problem. If allowed to dry out more, the area can become more inflamed, and the area can appear more scaly and crusty, requiring prescription topical steroid to calm it down.
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Mild eczema

Mild eczema often appears as dry skin -- itchy, mild red with flaking or some superficial scale.
Mild eczema often responds to moisturizers and avoiding hot water and topical irritants.

In brief: Mild eczema

Mild eczema often appears as dry skin -- itchy, mild red with flaking or some superficial scale.
Mild eczema often responds to moisturizers and avoiding hot water and topical irritants.
Dr. Harris Cohen
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