If you or a loved one suffers from eczema, you are no stranger to the discomfort it brings. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin disorder characterized by skin rashes that occur due to allergies or familial skin conditions. These rashes are usually dry, scaly patches of itchy skin that recur especially in infants and small children. Over 10 to 20 percent of babies and 3 percent of older children and adults suffer from eczema. It often goes along with other conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and other allergies. Symptoms flare and clear up with treatment but usually persist throughout life.

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