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Alternate Names : Atopic Dermatitis, Atopic Eczema

Eczema | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Eczema causes dry, red patches of skin that are extremely itchy. The patches occur most often behind the knees, in the folds of the elbows and wrists, and on the neck, ankles, and feet. The itching worsens with heat, stress, or abrasions to the areas from scratching.

In infants from 2 to 6 months old, the patches may start as a rash on the cheeks of the face. As the infant starts to crawl, the rash appears on the forearms and lower legs.

The red patches may blister, and the blisters may ooze and crust over.

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Eczema: Diagnosis & Tests

Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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