Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that is very common. There are different types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, contact eczema, neurodermatitis, allergic contact eczema, and others.
Symptoms, signs, and severity can depend upon the exact type of eczema that is present. The location of the skin inflammation also varies according to the type and cause of eczema. Signs and symptoms associated with eczema include patches of chronically itchy, dry, thickened skin, usually on the hands, neck, face, and legs, inner creases of the knees and elbows. If the irritated areas are scratched, dry patches of skin and open sores with crusts may develop and may become infected.
Causes of eczema
Causes of eczema range from allergic reactions to skin irritants to genetic factors.
Other eczema symptoms and signs
Main Article on Eczema Symptoms and Signs
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Examples of Medications for Eczema Symptoms and Signs
- cyclosporine (Restasis)
- DesOwen (desonide)
- hydrocortisone valerate
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
- mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept)
- pimecrolimus (Elidel)
- Siliq (brodalumab) Injection
- tacrolimus (Prograf, Astagraf XL, Envarsus XR)
- Trianex (triamcinolone acetonide)
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