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5 Myths About Eczema

Clear up these common myths about eczema.

Feed a cold, starve a fever. Right? That’s one of the most enduring myths about illnesses, but it’s far from the only one. There are plenty of myths and half-truths about skin conditions like eczema, too. Eczema is a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin. It’s not contagious, but it can be irritating and even painful. But that’s all many people know about it. If you or someone you love has eczema, clearing up some of the myths and misinformation about eczema may help you cope better with this condition.

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