About Eczema

Eczema is a very common skin condition that causes patches of inflammation, itchiness, scaly and cracked skin. While some people will outgrow the condition, some may continue to experience flares throughout their lives.

These reactions are usually the result of an inability of your skin to retain the moisture and hydration it needs to maintain ‘homeostasis’ or a normal balance.

Symptoms in Infants & Children

In infants, the itchy rash can lead to an oozing, crusting condition, mainly on the face and scalp. It can also happen on their arms, legs, back, and chest.

Children and teens usually have a rash in the bends of their elbows, behind their knees, on their neck, or on their wrists or ankles. The rash turns scaly and dry.

Symptoms in Adults

The rash usually happens on your face, the backs of your knees, wrists, hands, or feet. Your skin will probably be very dry, thick, or scaly.

Treatment Options

  • Topical Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Antihistamines
  • NSAIDs (Acetaminophen, Naproxen, or Ibuprofen)
Questions & Answers

Do you have a question about Eczema? To get started, ask your family physician for a requisition form to book an appointment with Dr. Neel Malhotra and we look forward to seeing you at our clinic.

Is Eczema Contagious?

Eczema is not contagious at all. Any type of close contact with the affected person will not be transferred.

What Triggers Eczema?

Irritants like detergents, shampoos, washing powders, dust, bubble bath, mites, pet dander, pollen and along list of environmental changes are known to cause eczema.

Can Food Cause Eczema?

Certain foods, including nuts, milk, and wheat, can trigger the release of inflammation. Other foods that commonly cause eczema flare ups include eggs, dairy, soy, citrus, tomatoes, gluten, and even some spices such as cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Is Eczema an Allergy?

Eczema can be an allergic reaction, but sometimes it may not be one and can be triggered by one of the items listed above. Most of the times, we are not even aware of the triggers.

Can Eczema cause Cancer?

Eczema does not cause cancer. It is a skin condition that can cause a lot of discomfort but are not harmful to life.