What Is Eczema?

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Eczema is a term used for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is not contagious nor is it not dangerous. Most types of eczema cause red, swollen and itchy skin.

The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It is an allergic condition that makes your skin dry and itchy. It is most common in babies and children.


What causes eczema?

Factors that cause eczema include other diseases, irritating substances, allergies and genetic makeup. Eczema is a chronic disease. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding irritants, stress, and the things you are allergic to.

What type of doctor treats eczema?

A dermatologist treats eczema. A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the skin, hair, and nails.

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Eczema is also known as dermatitis.