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What is eczema?

Answered by Dawn Kelly
8th September 2015
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Eczema is a medical condition that causes a child’s skin to become red, itchy, cracked and dry. It is a long term condition in many people although it can improve over time, especially in children.

There are a number of different types of eczema. The most common form that affects children is called atopic eczema, or atopic dermatitis, and it affects around 1 in 5 children in the UK.


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