Eczema is a chronic, inherited skin condition that causes dry and itchy patches of skin. It’s a common condition that isn’t contagious. Symptoms of eczema can flare up if you contact an irritant or an allergen.

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Eczema, a type of dermatitis, is a condition that causes your skin to become dry, itchy and bumpy. This condition weakens your skin’s barrier function, which is responsible for helping your skin retain moisture and protecting your body from outside elements.

Common symptoms can include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rash
  • Bumps on the skin
  • Thick, leathery patches of skin
  • Flaky, scaly or crusty skin
  • Swelling

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