Eczema is a group of skin conditions which results in acute or chronic inflammation of the skin. It usually develops early in life. About 15 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema, including 10-20 percent of all infants. Symptoms vary from person to person but often include dry, red, scaly, and itchy patches on the skin.
Education about proper skin care is the first line of treatment for eczema. It can also be treated by perscription corticosteroid medication, antibiotics to combat infection, antihistamines, and other topical modalities.
Simple rashes are called dermatitis, which means the skin is inflamed or swollen.
Effective treatment will be given after the rash is properly evaluated. Treatment includes skin care education and mild prescription creams.