What is Eczema: What Causes Eczema?

What is Eczema? Eczema is the term generally used for any form of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin). Eczema is usually characterized by itchy, scaly rashes on the skin. Eczema is usually found behind the knees, on the insides of the arms and elbows, at the nape of the neck and on the scalp. Not to be confused with psoriasis, a skin disease that also involves inflamed, scaly skin but is caused by autoimmune issues, eczema is considered to have hereditary tendencies and can be triggered the same as an allergic reaction in some cases. Most cases of eczema are found in infants and children under the age of five. In many cases individuals will grow out of the skin condition before early adulthood. [Read more...]