Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become red, scaly, bumpy and irritated. It is not contagious but it tends to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma, and certain triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating.
Here at Westchester Health, we see a fair amount of eczema. Fortunately, it’s not contagious, but it does tend to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma. Different triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating, which can cause itchy, painful flare-ups.
Your child comes home from school covered in little red dots. Is it chicken pox? Heat rash? Is it contagious? So that you can correctly identify your child’s rash and whether or not you should take him/her to a doctor, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has listed the 10 most common kids’ skin rashes and what to do about them.
Know it or not, eczema is the most common skin problem treated by pediatricians. In our all of our different offices, our physicians see a lot of eczema, especially our pediatricians. Wondering if there’s anything you can do to keep your child from developing it? Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog specifically for parents of children with eczema, or who are at risk of developing it.