Eczema is the medical term used for a group of health conditions characterized by inflamed, irritated, itchy patches of skin. It can develop at any age, and approximately one in 10 people will develop some type of eczema in their lifetime. It is generally a chronic (long-term) condition that involves periodic flare-ups; however, it can also be acute (short-term).
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There are various types of eczema. However, atopic dermatitis is the most common form, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Types of eczema include the following:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Dyshidrotic eczema
- Contact dermatitis
- Hand eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Nummular eczema
- Stasis dermatitis
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