Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling.

Eczema is also called dermatitis.

Most types cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.

Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.

Eczema is not contagious.

The cause is not known.

It is likely caused by both genetic and environmental factors.

Eczema may get better or worse over time, but it is often a long-lasting disease.

People who have it may also develop hay fever and asthma.

Atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes. Atopic dermatitis is due to a …

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