Eczema in New Jersey
The intense itch of eczema can be incredibly uncomfortable. Babies with eczema may rub their skin against bedding or carpeting to relieve the itch. In children and adults, the irritation can be so unpleasant it can make it difficult to sleep.
Fortunately, most children will outgrow their eczema by age 10. However, in some patients it can persist on and off throughout life.
What is eczema?
Eczema (or dermatitis) is a general term for medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated.
The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Flare-ups of atopic dermatitis typically appear as dry, red patches on the skin, which may become crusted and scaly. During the first year of life, these patches often appear on the scalp, forehead and cheeks. In older children, they are often found in the creases of the elbows and backs of the knees. In adults, it is commonly seen on the hands.
Eczema Quick Facts
- Common in babies, eczema most often begins before 5 years of age.
- Eczema tends to occur in families with a history of allergies or asthma.
- Eczema affects about 10–20% of infants.
- About three percent of adults and children in the U.S. have eczema.
With proper treatment, eczema can be controlled. Our licensed dermatologists use a combination of topical medications, gentle skin care, emollients and lifestyle changes to control eczema flare-ups in patients of all ages.