Yes, it is possible to control eczema. And, controlling eczema has benefits.
Controlling eczema can:
- Decrease flares
- Improve your child’s health and quality of life
- Reduce the amount of medicine needed — and the need for medicine
1st step: Understand eczema
Before learning how to control eczema, it’s helpful to learn a bit about eczema. This can help you understand what your child is experiencing. It can also help you care for your child’s eczema.
Basic facts about eczema
- Eczema causes inflammation in the skin.
- The skin becomes intensely itchy.
- Scratching tends to worsen the eczema, but it can be difficult to stop scratching because the skin is so itchy.
- Eczema is not contagious, but the dry, itchy, and inflamed skin may cause people to think it is.
- This common skin condition often begins before age 5.
- The medical name for this type of eczema is atopic dermatitis.
Questions parents often ask a dermatologist about eczema
Maguiness S, “Severe and refractory eczema: What now?” (2012, August). In Lio PA (Chair), “What's boiling over: Atopic dermatitis and other eczematous conditions.” Forum presented at the Summer Academy Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Boston, MA.