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Eczema – The Itchy Skin Rash Have you or a family member been diagnosed with eczema or atopic dermatitis?  Do you have dry, red, and itchy patches on your skin?  If so, you may have eczema.

According to the National Eczema Association about 31.6 million people in the United States may have eczema, including children.  Eczema is a term used to describe a group of inflamed skin conditions that results in chronic itchy red rashes all over the body.  For many people, eczema appears on the front of the arms and behind the knee.  Children have eczema on their face and neck.  Symptoms vary from person to person but often include sometimes dry, scaly, red patches or even tiny fluid-filled blisters which often worsens with scratching.  If you think you have or know you have eczema, then you should see a dermatologist who can provide the most up-to-date treatment strategies that are most appropriate for you.

October is Eczema Awareness Month.  The National Ezcema Association, a non-profit organization advocating eczema awareness, education, and research, is committed to improving the lives of people affected by eczema.  To get involved and help to raise awareness of the challenges of living with eczema, visit the National Eczema Association’s Eczema Awareness Month website for more information.