Beginning Oct. 18, most patients will be allowed only 1 visitor per day. Please read our visitor policy before visiting.
Para español, haga clic aquí.
Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe.
Eczema is a general term for a group of dermatitis conditions that causes skin to become inflamed, itchy and red. Eczema usually starts in childhood, but it can occur at any age, and presents with occasional eczema flare-ups.
Eczema is often called atopic dermatitis, but that is only one type. Other types include contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Signs and symptoms of eczema vary based on the specific type of eczema and each individual, but eczema usually causes an itchy rash.
There is no cure for eczema and it is not contagious, but your UCHealth provider can help with treatments and self-care measures that relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks.
We don’t understand the exact cause of eczema, but we do know that people with eczema have a combination of genetic causes and environmental triggers:
Each form of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, has slightly different triggers, symptoms and treatments, so it’s important to know which type of eczema you have.
The signs and symptoms vary based on the specific type of eczema and each individual, but eczema usually causes an itchy rash. The itchiness is usually mild to moderate, but in some cases it can become serious and you might develop extremely inflamed skin.
According to the National Eczema Association, common symptoms include:
You might have eczema flare-ups or your symptoms could go away entirely. The only way to know for sure if you have eczema is to see your primary care provider.
You should see your provider right away if you or your child:
Get immediate medical attention for yourself or your child if either of you has a fever and the rash looks infected.
Both eczema and psoriasis are common skin conditions in children. When you bring your child in for a diagnosis and treatment, your primary care provider or dermatologist will be able to tell the difference between eczema and psoriasis by evaluating your child’s skin, the amount of itching and where the disease appears.
Children who have psoriasis tend to have mild itching; with eczema, the itching is more intense. There can be overlap between eczema and psoriasis, and in some children, it’s difficult to tell the difference.
Your primary care provider or dermatologist will develop the best treatment plan for your or your child’s type of eczema. Treatment begins with avoiding any known triggers.
Your treatment plan may include:
For most types of eczema, you can manage flare-ups by:
We will help relieve your symptoms so you can get back to work or school, and your favorite activities and social occasions, without worrying about your skin.