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October is Eczema Awareness Month

Throughout October, the American Academy of Dermatology is helping people better understand eczema. To do this, we’re sharing information with one goal in mind:

What is Eczema Awareness Month?

October is the time of year when dermatologists, dermatology nurses, organizations, people living with eczema and their loved ones, and others shine the spotlight on eczema.

By working together to increase awareness of eczema, we can:

  • Help patients better manage their condition.

  • Shed light on available treatment options, so that patients and parents can make shared, informed treatment decisions with their dermatologists.

  • Advocate for patients to help them secure the treatment they need.

  • Give people a glimpse of what it’s like to live with eczema and help resolve common misunderstandings.

  • Encourage patients to advocate for themselves.

Information to help you better understand eczema

Close-up of woman’s hands peeling garlic, a possible cause of hand eczema.
Hand eczema can be mistaken for dry skin

Unlike dry skin, this type of eczema requires more than a good moisturizer to treat it effectively. Discover how dermatologists diagnose hand eczema and what can bring relief.

Young girl scratching itchy eczema on her head
Individualized treatment can control atopic dermatitis

This type of eczema often begins in childhood but can begin at any age. Learn about new FDA-approved medications and see how dermatologists help patients by creating an individualized treatment plan.

Peter Moffat, creator of Criminal Justice
Adults with eczema often suffer in silence

For years, Peter Moffat, creator of the British TV series Criminal Justice, suffered with atopic dermatitis/eczema and said nothing. See how he overcame this, and what may help if atopic dermatitis affects your self-esteem.

Dermatologist Scott Lim, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
Dermatologist overcomes insurance barriers for patient

Angela’s dermatologist knew which medication would effectively treat her eczema. Find out how he worked with Angela’s insurance provider to get the treatment she needed.

Woman looking in mirror while applying cream to rash on face
Is contact dermatitis causing your rash?

Almost everyone gets this type of eczema at least once. Learn if contact dermatitis could be causing your rash and when you need to see a dermatologist.

Three women over 50 years of age walking briskly.
Millions of people over 50 develop stasis dermatitis

If you have venous insufficiency, dermatologists recommend that you look at the skin on your legs frequently for signs of this type of eczema. Here’s what to look for.

October is Eczema Awareness Month | American Academy of Dermatology

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Last updated: 10/10/23