Is eczema very contagious?

No. No. Eczema is an inherited condition with impaired skin barrier resulting in inflammation, causing redness and itching.
Not contagious! Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a very common chronic intermittent skin condition characterized by itchy inflammation of the skin. It can be associated with asthma and hay fever. The cause for eczema is unknown, but a combination of inherited tendencies for sensitive skin and malfunction in the body's skin barrier and immune system are likely responsible. It is not contagious!

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How does eczema spread and is it contagious?

No not contagious. Eczema is broably described to a range of skin conditions .These can cause dryness in skin and rashes and associated with itching the cause is combination and envoirenmental factors no it is not contagious. Read more...

If eczema isn't contagious. But why is my entire family breaking out with it?

Congenital. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Read more...
Something else ? If a family all comes down with a rash around the same time is likely experiencing something like scabies, not a sudden outbreak of eczema. There can be some similarities in its appearance. Read more...

How can I explain eczema to my friends and family so they know that I'm not contagious?

Inflammation of skin. Eczema is a skin eruption that is the result of inflammation. The inflammation causes scaling of the skin, much like a sunburn causes redness( which is inflammation) and then the skin peels ( much like scales or flakes from eczema). Eczema is in the class of skin conditions called dermatitis. They are reactions rather than infections. Tell your friends you cannot 'catch' someone's allergy. Read more...
Genetics. Eczema is typically genetic and can have many triggers (food, environment, contact allergy etc) and there are many studies to suggest certain structural protein dysfunction resulting in eczema. Eczema itself is not contagious. Read more...

If you have scabies would other household members have it an is eczema contagious?

Yes. There is a high likelyhood that household contacts of a scabies case will also get scabies. They all need to be treated. Eczema is not contagious. Read more...
Scabies. Scabies is spread when there is direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Transmission of scabies can also be the result of sharing clothing, towels, and bedding. In children, the condition is most commonly spread at daycare centers, school, or sleepovers. Transmission of the disease in nursing homes results in more severe cases. Eczema is not contagious. Read more...

I have read up on athletes foot. The symptoms seem to match up. But what I have is not contagious and it doesn't spread. Is it eczema?

Still can be. Athletes foot. How do you know it is not contagious? Dry feet thoroughly and wear absorbant socks. Let feet air out often. Control excess perspiration. Use topical antifungal spray. If no improvement, see podiatrist. Read more...
Your logic is. A bit off. Athletes foot doesn't always spread ir do so quickly. Can be difficult to differentiate between the two. Either pick one and treat accordingly as a test or have a biopsy to definitively diagnose. Read more...
Possible. You can try a topical anti-fungal if this fails to relieve symptoms see a dermatologist. Read more...
I am not sure. How you just jumped from athletes foot to eczema? Even though athletes foot can be contagious and can spread if you don't see this - does not necessarily mean you do not have fungus. I would try to treat it first as a fungus. The creams are usually effective and should go away within a month. If not, then you can move to eczema. Read more...
Maybe. A certain kind of eczema on the feet is called dyshidrotic eczema. It is often confused with fungal infections or contact dermatitis. A dermatologist can sort out if you have one two or all three of them on your feet. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001835/. Read more...