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Eczema or dermatitis is an allergic reaction that affects the skin. Both genetic and environmental influences are contributing factors. For many, this very common condition develops in childhood and can either improve with age or recur throughout life. It is not unusual for those with eczema to also have asthma and/or hay fever. Affected areas are characterized by dry, red, flaky patches that can become inflamed; small bumps or blisters can also form.

The most bothersome symptoms include itching and burning, but keeping your skin moisturized will calm the irritation and prevent lesions from cracking and getting infected. Avoid contact with allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. Depending on individual sensitivities, known triggers include harsh soaps, bubble bath, detergents, perfumes and foods such as eggs, milk, nuts, shellfish, and wheat or soy. Baths are better, but if you prefer to shower, keep it short and do not do it too frequently. If you find that time is holding you back from moisturizing regularly, try using an in-shower body lotion with shea butter, which works with the humidity in your shower, to soften and smooth your skin. If you are having difficulty managing the symptoms, consult your doctor for medical treatment options.

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