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5 Things You Need to Know About Food and Eczema

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5 Things You Need to Know About Food and Eczema
A young girl is rubbing eczema cream on her arm. Photo Credit: kaspiic/iStock/Getty Images

You may have seen the itchy, red rash that characterizes eczema, but do you know what it actually is? Eczema is an inflammatory condition that is often considered "atopic," or mediated by an allergic response. It's actually quite common and is thought to affect approximately 15 percent of kids. In many individuals, eczema often goes hand in hand with other atopic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Symptoms may be acute (i.e. scaling and oozing of the skin) or chronic (i.e. thickened areas of skin or changes in pigmentation). Eczema tends to first appear during a child's first year of life.

You may have seen the itchy, red rash that characterizes eczema, but do you know what it actually is? Eczema is an inflammatory condition that is often considered "atopic," or mediated by an allergic response. It's actually quite common and is thought to affect approximately 15 percent of kids. In many individuals, eczema often goes hand in hand with other atopic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Symptoms may be acute (i.e. scaling and oozing of the skin) or chronic (i.e. thickened areas of skin or changes in pigmentation). Eczema tends to first appear during a child's first year of life.

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