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This is the skin disease Eczema. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema affects 9 to 30% of the U.S. population. It is mostly common in young children or infants. It's apperance varys for different skin tones. But all appear as many dry itchy pathes of skin. With proper treatment the disease can be contolled. Although there is no set thing that causes Eczema, it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to unknown triggers. Eczema can also be affected by irritating fabrics, excessive amounts of stress, or drastic temperature change. The most common places where eczema is found is usually on the feet, face, knees, or hands.

Q1: Can eczema be genetic? Does it tend to run in families?(R. Hackle)
A1: yes and no. studies have been found in both cases with the disease being genetic in some victims and not genetic in others. But
eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma. so yeah it tends to run in families with high allergy backgrounds.
Q2: What kind of treatments are used to control the disease? (A. Cameron)
A2: Since the disease makes skin dry and itchy, lotions and creams are recommended to keep the skin moist. These are usually applied to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching. Over-the-counter products such as hydrocortisone or prescription creams and ointments also work great as well.

Q3: What can happen if eczema is not properly treated? (S. Bamber)
A3: the rash could spread, making majority of the body all itchy and dry. This could also make the rash never go away, and you would be itchy all the time.
some people continue to experience symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled in the majority of sufferers. but without the proper treatment, then your kinda stuck with it.
Q4: Is eczema a type of allergic reaction to certain things or just a rash? (A. Jones)
A4: yes, Eczema can be a reaction to many different things, like certain fabrics (wool, etc.),lotions, or even laundry detergent. But yes, it is a rash.

Q5: Can eczema effect the whole body or only certian regions? (A.Martin)
A5: Eczema can effect any part of the body that is sensitive to certain types of things the body is in daily contact with. ex: clothes, lotions, soups. So yes, eczema can effect any part of the body.