Medical News Summary: Eczema may be a sign of other allergic conditions


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About: Eczema may be a sign of other allergic conditions
Date: 7 January 2005
Source: About
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by About): Red, dry or itchy skin during winter may not just be the effects of the cold weather. The rash may also be eczema or a sign of other allergic conditions. Eczema (or atopic dermatitis) occurs in almost 9% of the US population and 15% of children. Eczema rashes often occur on the face, albows and knees. Eczema may also signify allergies to food, allergic rhinitis or asthma. Diagnosis can be assisted by noticing if the personís eczema deteriorates after eating or if wheezing or other breathing problems occur with the eczema outbreak. By determining what is setting of the eczema, the condition can be better managed and treated. Managing and preventing eczema may involve: avoiding the allergen, having cool showers, frequent moisturizing, avoiding heat, reducing stress, avoiding harsh materials and avoiding scratching or rubbing.
URL: http://allergies.about.com/od/atopic/a/blaaaai010405.htm
Related Disease Topics: Allergy, Eczema, Food allergy, Asthma, Allergic rhinitis
Related Symptom Topics: Rash, knee rash, elbow rash, face rash, wheezing

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