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What is eczema and what causes it? Is eczema contagious? How can you prevent flare-ups? Find answers to these questions and more.


Your skin is itchy, dry, inflamed, and red or discolored. Maybe you even have a rash or open sores. It could be on your eyelids, neck, arms, legs, hands, or feet.

You might be wondering if it’s eczema. If it is, will it go away on its own or should you get help?

Only your healthcare provider (HCP) can diagnose eczema properly and then correctly identify which type of eczema you have.

There are a number of different types of eczema. Some of the most common include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and hand eczema. Eczema can also come in the form of neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, and dyshidrotic eczema. If you’re experiencing symptoms, check with your HCP to get in-depth answers to your questions and to find a solution that'll help you feel like yourself again.

Eczema causes

Woman itching the eczema on her arm.

Is the exact cause of eczema known? Can some types of eczema be brought on by allergies or by keeping skin too moist? What about exposure to certain chemicals? What role go genetics play in one’s likelihood of developing eczema? If you have eczema, your HCP will be able to help you identify the root cause as well as the type so you can get the relief you need.

Eczema symptoms

Do you have itchy, red or discolored, dry or inflamed skin? Perhaps you have a rash and open sores. If so, you might worry you have eczema. Find out more, including where eczema can appear on your skin, such as on your arms, legs, hands, feet, neck, or even your eyelids. You'll also learn about the different types of eczema and some symptoms they have in common.

Eczema treatments

Young man using specialized lotion to cure his eczema.

If you or someone you love is worried they may have eczema, you probably have a lot of questions. Is eczema contagious? How can you get symptoms under control? What should you do about flare-ups? Find out about the prescription and over-the-counter treatments that can help you manage your symptoms. Learn whether lifestyle choices, such as using certain types of laundry detergent or wearing certain fabrics, can help prevent flare-ups. When talking to your HCP, give them as much information as you can about your condition, such as when it started and when your flare-ups occur. This way, they can recommend the best treatments and lifestyle changes for you.

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