Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is characterized by itchy and red skin which typically lasts for weeks. The itchiness often become worse at night. The skin may also become dry, red or brownish, have small bumps which may leak fluid when scratched, cracked, scaly, raw, and swollen. This tends to periodically flare and may occur with allergic rhinitis or asthma. There has been no cure but those with this condition are advised to avoid harsh soaps, fabric softeners, lotions, and ointments. To prevent reoccurrence, it is also recommended to moisturize (using gentle products) at least twice a day, avoid triggers (stress, dust, pollen, animal dander, detergents, sweat, etc.), and have baths limited to 10-15 minutes (using warm not hot water).