Inflammatory skin condition with dry patches that causes skin to itch and flake.
There are allergic and non-allergic forms of eczema.
Chronic eczema can affect quality of life due to the intensity of the itching and sleep interference.
Uncontrolled eczema can lead to skin infection including Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
If eczema begins in early childhood, it typically improves with age though can persist for many years.
When eczema begins in adulthood, it may be more chronic (long-lasting).
Eczema results in an itch-scratch cycle that continues and worsens. Antihistamines can be helpful to break this cycle.
Allergists help identify triggers including environmental and food allergens that may be contributing to uncontrolled eczema. Allergists can prescribe medications and teach proper skin hydration techniques to control eczema.