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Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis and is a common, chronic skin condition that effects a large number of people worldwide. According to MedicineNet.com, eczema is the reason for 10 to 20 percent of patient referrals to dermatologists.
Itching is the main symptom of eczema and scratching the inflammation can worsen the condition. Itching may be intense at times and is often worse in the evening or during sleep.
Eczema causes red or brownish-gray patches that can be anywhere on the body. These patches occur most commonly on the hands, wrists, feet, front of the elbow, behind the knees, on the face, neck and upper chest.
Eczema is essentially a rash that appears as small raised bumps. Scratching the rash often causes the rash to leak clear fluid and crust over as the fluid dries.
Eczema can cause the skin to scale which activates the immune system. The result is either a thickening of the skin due to continuous scratching or the oozing rash as previously described.
Eczema includes increased sensitivity of the skin resulting from the tendency of the skin to become raw. Natural bacteria of the skin can escalate sensitivity to the point of infection.