It can affect any part of the body but the most common areas are:
The cause is not known but it often occurs in people with allergies. It can run in families and often develops alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever. There can be triggers for eczema including soaps, detergents, stress and weather and sometimes food allergies.
You should see your GP for help and advice. Treatments available are:
Emollients – used to moisturise and used daily
Steroid creams – used to reduce swelling redness and itching during flare-ups
You must also avoid scratching the affected area and avoid the triggers.