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by Badash M

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin. It causes areas of itchy, and red skin. Eczema may be ongoing or happen in flare ups when symptoms get worse for a time. There are many types of eczema. The most common type is atopic dermatitis. It affects the insides of the elbows, the backs of the knees, and the face. However, it can affect any area of the body. In rare cases, it may cover most of the body. Eczema cannot be spread from person to person.

Atopic dermatitis can develop at any age. However, it is most common in infants and children. The condition often improves in adulthood, but many are affected through life.

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