Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic inflammation of the outer layers of the skin. This condition is not contagious.
It is sometimes referred to as the itch that rashes
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The exact cause of eczema is unknown. Factors that may contribute to eczema include:
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Purvee S. Shah, MD
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