Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is itchy, dry, scaly patches on your skin sometimes caused by an allergen. Anything from pollen, mold, and pet dander to food allergies could cause eczema.
It is most common in infants and children, although adults can suffer from it as well. Most children outgrow it by the age of 10. Up to twenty percent of infants experience some degree of eczema. Other factors, like dry air, being too hot or cold, soaps, lotions, or detergents can make eczema symptoms worse.
Common places on the body for eczema to show up is on the face, hands, wrists, inner elbows, feet, and behind the knees, however, it can really appear anywhere.
If someone in your family history had eczema, your child has an increased risk of having eczema as well. In addition, children who have had eczema have an increased risk of developing hay fever and/or asthma at some point.
At Bluegrass Allergy Care, we can help you determine what causes your eczema, and develop a treatment plan to help bring you relief and keep it under control. Call us today to schedule an examination.