Eczema is a condition wherein patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough. Some types can also cause blisters.
The most common type is atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. “Atopic” refers to a person’s tendency to get allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever. There’s no cure, but most people can manage their symptoms by getting treatment and by avoiding irritants. Eczema isn’t contagious, so you can’t spread it to another person.
Eczema looks different for everyone. And your flare-ups won’t always happen in the same area.
No matter which part of your skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. The itching sometimes starts before the rash.