Eczema is a chronic superficial inflammation of the skin characterised by itching, flaking and/or rash, affecting around 15 million people in the UK. The various types of eczema include: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis.
The causes of eczema are poorly understood but it is thought that genetics and environmental factors play a key role in its development. There are similarities between eczema and other atopic allergies in that the immune system is reacting against an allergen which then leads to an inflammatory response.
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