Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a hereditary and chronic skin disorder that mostly affects young children but can continue into adulthood. Eczema causes the skin to itch, turn red and flake. Eczema can flare up due to stress, extreme temperatures, fabrics and detergents.
Eczema does not currently have a cure. Treatment aims to reduce itching and inflammation, moisturize the skin and prevent infection. Options include antihistamines, steroid creams, antibiotics, light therapy and topical medications.