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October is Eczema Awareness Month

This month is recognized as Eczema Awareness Month to help boost public awareness and reduce the stigma of eczema, particularly in children since prevalence peaks in the early years.

More than 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of eczema, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or have the appearance of a rash. There are seven types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.

Eczema is not contagious, and while the exact cause of eczema is unknown, people develop eczema based on a combination of genes and a variety of triggers. It is important to note that while children and adults with atopic dermatitis are at greater risk for having food allergies, food is often not the trigger of an eczema flare.

Symptoms of Eczema

The symptoms of eczema are different for everyone, and can even appear in different areas of the body at different times. Symptoms may include dry, sensitive skin; itching; inflamed, discolored skin; rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin; oozing or crusting; and areas of swelling.

For most types of eczema, flare-ups of eczema can be minimized by being aware of triggers to avoid exposure, implementing a regular bathing and moisturizing routine, and using an over-the-counter treatment as well as medication consistently and as prescribed.

Eczema Awareness Month

This month, the National Eczema Association is offering weekly webinars and hosting a social media challenge to help raise awareness of eczema. Please visit the Eczema Awareness Month page for more information.

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Sources:

National Eczema Association: https://nationaleczema.org/