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Eczema Resource Center

What exactly is eczema?

The word “eczema” has two meanings. It can mean either of the following:

  • A group of conditions that causes inflamed, irritated, and often itchy skin.

  • Any one of the conditions within this group, such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, or stasis dermatitis.

Here you’ll find information about different types of eczema. The AAD provides this dermatologist-reviewed information to help you better understand and manage the type of eczema you have. You’ll also find out when it can be helpful to see a board-certified dermatologist.

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It’s important to begin treating your child’s eczema as soon as you notice it, which can prevent the condition from worsening, making it more difficult to treat. To help manage your baby’s symptoms and decrease flare-ups, learn more at: How to treat eczema in babies.

How to treat eczema in babies

Atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) is a common skin condition in babies. It affects up to 25% of children, and an estimated 60% of people with eczema develop it during their first year of life. While there is no cure, most cases can be controlled with a customized skin care plan, which may include moisturizers, prescription medications, and strategies to eliminate triggers.

To help manage your baby’s symptoms and decrease flare-ups, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists.