Eczema Q&A

Question: People with eczema often suffer with:

  1. "itch-scratch" cycle
  2. rashes on cheeks, arms, and legs
  3. dry, itchy skin
  4. all of the above

Answer: 4. All of the above!

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the skin.

Symptoms vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are dry, itchy skin, cracks behind the ears, and rashes on the cheeks, arms, and legs. The itchy feeling is an important factor in atopic dermatitis, because scratching and rubbing in response to itching worsen the skin inflammation that is characteristic of this disease. They develop what is referred to as the "itch-scratch" cycle. The extreme itchiness of the skin causes the person to scratch, which in turn worsens the itch, and so on.

For more, please read the Eczema (atopic dermatitis) article.