Eczema is an itchy skin condition which is red, blistery, crusty and/or oozing. There is not specific cause for Eczema. It is not contagious, but there is often a family history of others with a similar condition and/or related problems like sinus allergies, asthma or hay fever.

Allergy tests will not diagnose an exact cause nor prevent the breakouts. The condition can occur at any age but is most commonly found in infants and young adults. Eczema is best described as “an itch that rashes” i.e. if one does not scratch the rash does not develop!

Treatments are varied and are based on the age of the patient and the extent of the symptoms. Bland emollients and soothing baths are often helpful for easing symptoms as are wet wraps, but it is best to seek council from your dermatologist on best ways to treat your condition.