Eczema

Eczema is a hypersensitivity of the skin that is seen in people of all ages. It can be seen in people who also suffer from asthma and/or seasonal allergies. Typically, a patient complains of an itchy, red rash that is either patchy and can involve the creases or that is spotty. Many will say that the itching precedes the rash and so eczema is also called the itch that rashes. Eczema can differ in appearance depending on the age of the patient, on the location and length of the eruption as well as the treatments that have been tried. Treatments usually include topical creams (over the counter and by prescription) but can sometimes require oral medications, injections and ultraviolet light treatments to name a few.