There are a variety of types of eczema as well as causes. Eczema is associated with very dry, itchy skin. It can become red and bleed, particularly if the area becomes broken from scratching. Eczema is not contagious and can be treated. Mild cases can usually be treated with topical remedies and a mild skin care routine. More advanced cases may require oral medications. Atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema, is the name given to a stubborn, itchy rash that occurs in certain persons with sensitive or irritable skin. Eczema is common in infants and young children, and may disappear before adulthood. Eczema may clear for years, only to reappear later, often on the hands. Although eczema cannot be cured, we have effective ways of controlling eczema. Most people are able to live comfortably with this skin disease. Cortisone compounds applied to the skin are the best medicine for controlling eczema. Most cortisone salves can be used safely for years. When large areas are treated for a number of years, periodic medical check ups are necessary. Other medications are sometimes used. For stubborn eczema, salves containing coal tar can be helpful.

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