Eczema is the common term for a skin condition called atopic dermatitis. Eczema causes a type of rash that can be red and very itchy. Eczema occurs when your skin reacts to substances such as allergens, irritants and toxins. In this way eczema is related to environmental allergies.

Most people who have eczema will develop it as a young child (<5 years old) but it may persist into adulthood. It is very rare to develop eczema for the first time as an adult. Certain children are at higher risk for developing eczema than others. The condition tends to run in families and people who get eczema usually have close family members who also have the disease. People with a history of allergies or asthma are at increased risk. Females are also slightly more likely to develop eczema. Certain environmental conditions, such as colder climate, are also associated with developing eczema.


Symptoms of eczema vary among different patients. The most common symptoms include: itching, reddish rash and dry or scaly skin. The rash associated with eczema typically appears over the hands, wrists, feet, elbows, knees and upper chest. It is important to seek medical attention immediately for fevers, infected appearing rash or painful rash.

Diagnosis and Eczema Treatment
Diagnosis of eczema is made when your doctor examines the characteristic rash and other skin findings. Several treatments for eczema can be prescribed including topical creams and oral medications. Generally eczema is a recurrent condition and may require treatment when the disease flares.
How PlushCare Works
1. Video chat with a doctor and send them pictures to help them diagnose your skin. 2. The doctor can send prescriptions for creams or ointments to help treat your condition. 3. Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy and let the doctor know if it isn't getting better.