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Symptoms of Eczema

Symptoms of Eczema: Introduction

Symptoms of eczema can vary greatly in intensity, frequency, and duration among individuals. Symptoms can be minimal and include mild itching and the development of a rash or patch of inflamed skin. Scratching, however, often does not relieve the itch and can lead to increased inflammation, more intense itching, and harder scratching.

It can be very difficult to break this cycle of escalating itching, scratching, and inflammation. The scratching cycle can lead to complications from the development of open breaks and lesions in the skin. Complications include a secondary bacterial infection or fungal infection of the surrounding skin and tissues. This is called cellulitis and can be potentially serious, even life-threatening, for some people.

Skin areas affected by eczema can also exhibit a variety of characteristics, depending on the individual case. These include flaking, scaling, small red bumps, and/or blistering. Darkening of the area of skin affected by eczema, called hyperpigmentation, may also result. Frequent scratching can also result in thickening of the affected skin.

Symptoms frequently begin in infancy and reoccur during childhood. It is not unusual for symptoms to disappear during adulthood, although it can happen, and flare-ups are unpredictable throughout a lifetime. People who are more likely to develop eczema include those with a personal or family history of allergies, allergic rhinitis or asthma....more about Eczema »

Symptoms of Eczema

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Eczema includes the 76 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Eczema?

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Eczema: Onset and Incubation

Onset of Eczema: after puberty

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Eczema. This signs and symptoms information for Eczema has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Eczema signs or Eczema symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Eczema may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Eczema symptoms.


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