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What is the relationship between eczema and skin health?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that often causes dry, itchy rashes on the skin. Babies and children are most likely to have eczema, and it sometimes disappears as they grow older. Sometimes, though, eczema persists into adulthood. Eczema isn't contagious -- genes and living in dry or urban conditions may play a part in developing eczema. If you think you may have eczema, talk to your doctor about possible treatments to help improve your skin health.

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