What is it?

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterised by dry and irritated skin. Eczema usually appears on the face, neck, body folds and hands. Skin affected by eczema is more likely to get irritated and infected, making the condition worse. 

Eczema can last for a long time or come and go. It may also flare up at certain times. In a flare-up, the skin becomes more inflamed and may get red and weepy with blisters. Many people with eczema also have allergies or asthma. 

While there is no cure for eczema, there are many treatment options that can reduce symptoms of flares and provide relief. Treatment also involves identifying known causes or triggers of symptoms. Avoiding products that irritate the skin, like creams and lotions, also helps reduce eczema symptoms.