How Severe Is Your Eczema?


Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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As many as 15 million Americans suffer from eczema, a common condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated.

You may already be familiar with the most common symptoms of eczema, such as dry skin, reddish patches on your skin, small, raised bumps that may leak fluid, itchiness around the affected area, and thick or scaly patches of skin. Because eczema tends to be a chronic condition, you may experience flare-ups periodically throughout your life.

Many people have milder forms of this condition which they are able to manage with little help from their doctor. But what if you have a more severe case of eczema? Your doctor can help you determine the severity of your eczema and recommend several treatment options. Fortunately, there are several treatments available that may help to reduce or prevent your symptoms from occurring.

Caring for sensitive skin and eczema can be challenging, but with the right tips and tricks, you can give your skin the love it needs.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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