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Types of eczeme.

Eczema is a condition that affects the skin, making it become dry, red and itchy. Scratching can make the skin bleed, opening it up to infection. The skin can also become thick and scaly.

There are several types of eczema, the most common being atopic eczema which usually runs in the family where there are other allergic conditions, such as asthma.

Allergic contact dermatitis, another form of eczema is when the skin comes into contact with something causing an allergic reaction, such as fragrances, rubber or plants. Up to one in six people are affected by this form, which causes an itchy red rash.

Irritant contact dermatitis can start when a harsh substance comes into contact with the skin, such as chemicals or detergents, which usually occurs on the hands.

Cradle cap is most commonly found in babies under one but can affect adults too, spreading to the face, ears and groin and becoming very itchy.

Stasis dermatitis tends to affect older people who have poor circulation, attacking the lower legs.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2006
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