Eczema is a general term for many types of skin inflammation (dermatitis). The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis.
Eczema can affect people of any age, although the condition is most common in infants. More than 15% of children in the United States are known to suffer from eczema and more than 70% of them are less than five years old! People with eczema often have a family history of the condition or of other allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever (for example, hives is a result of hay fever). The nature of the link between these conditions is inadequately understood. Atopic eczema (triggered by allergens) is more common in boys than girls, however, non-atopic (not allergy related) eczema affects way more girls than boys! It occurs in people of all races.
Eczema is not contagious, but since it is believed to be at least partially inherited, it is not uncommon to find members of the same family affected. Check our blog periodically for the most current scientific findings and discussion as well as various new and natural eczema treatments for babies as well as for adults. We also provide skincare tips and general health tips that help to manage eczema and other common skin conditions.