Is it possible to control eczema?

When eczema is under control, a child can sleep peacefully.

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.