It isn't contagious, but Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing - DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients with eczema this week.
Symptoms include an itchy, red, raised rash that's usually on the face, knees, hands or feet. Skin usually appears very dry, thick or scaly. It will be itchy, too.
There's no cure for eczema.
You should avoid irritants and be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak, and avoid them.
Use creams and ointments and take antihistamines. Apply any creams within five minutes of leaving the shower to lock in the most moisture.
Most infants who develop eczema outgrow it by their 10th birthday. Anyone else will likely deal with it for life.