“Eczema” and “dermatitis” are general terms for red, itchy skin.
Some people use the word “eczema” to refer to an inherited condtion of sensitive, reactive skin starting in childhood, often associated with allergic hay fever, asthma, and allergies.
This type of problem is also called “atopic dermatitis” or atopic eczema. There is often a family history of others with similar problems. In such patients, control of the “itch-scratch” cycle is important. Being careful about choice of skin products is also helpful.
Our providers can assess your “eczema” and determine what factors need to be addressed with particular medications. A useful website is nationaleczema.org
“Eczema” is also the term used for a chronic itchy rash of any particular body location, like hands, eyelids, or lower legs. In those situations, contact dermatitis may be an important factor to sort out.