Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a term for a group of skin conditions caused by inflammation, making the skin itchy and rashy.
Normal, healthy skin has an “outer skin barrier” that helps to keep moisture in while keeping irritants out. People with eczema have a genetically weak “outer skin barrier,” which means that there are “holes” in the barrier that usually protects their skin. This damaged barrier easily loses moisture and lets irritants in, causing dry and itchy skin.Back to top
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA?
Eczema happens in cycles – at times, your skin may feel okay. Other times, it will feel itchy, and scratching leads to red, rashy, and/or leathery skin. Eczema tends to flare up when you’re exposed to triggers, which are substances or conditions that aggravate your eczema. These can include dry skin, irritants, rough fabrics such as wool, emotional stress, heat and sweating. When you’re experiencing a flare, you’re more likely to scratch, which can lead to even itchier skin and cause or worsen the rash.
Eczema most frequently appears on the face, arms, and legs, but it can show up in other areas, too.Back to top
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ECZEMA AND ATOPIC DERMATITIS?
Eczema is a general term for a set of skin conditions caused by inflammation, and is characterized by an itchy rash. Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common type of eczema. The general term “eczema” is usually used to refer to AD. The word “atopic” means an allergy that is usually hereditary, and “dermatitis” is defined as inflammation of the skin.Back to top
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE ECZEMA?
It’s estimated that eczema affects 35 million Americans: 1-3% of adults, and 10-20% of children. Seventy percent of cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one of more symptoms in adulthood.Back to top
IS ECZEMA CONTAGIOUS?
No, you cannot contract eczema from coming into contact with someone who has it. Eczema has been shown to be hereditary, and is more commonly found in families with a history of allergies or asthma.Back to top
IS THERE A CURE FOR ECZEMA?
WHY IS MY ECZEMA WORSE AT CERTAIN TIMES?
This is what is known as an eczema “flare.” Flares are generally caused by triggers, which can be substances or conditions that worsen dry skin, such as dry skin, irritants, rough fabrics such as wool, emotional stress, heat and sweating. Use our Flare Discovery Tool to help identify your triggers. Once you know what they are, you should do your best to avoid them. To help soothe the itch that happens during flares, try NEOSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS® Anti-itch Cream.Back to top
HOW CAN I TREAT ECZEMA?
Avoiding known triggers and following a daily bathing and moisturizing routine are the best ways to manage eczema. Use a gentle, soap-free cleanser and a moisturizer that’s shown to restore healthier-looking skin, like NEOSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS® Daily Moisturizing Cream. To help soothe the itch that happens during flares, try NEOSPORIN® ECZEMA ESSENTIALS® Anti-itch Cream.Back to top