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Eczema is a chronic condition that often begins in childhood and can be associated with asthma and seasonal allergies. This disorder can have a significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life due to severe itching and its unsightly appearance. The cause of eczema is poorly understood, but immune factors, inflammation, genetic factors and environmental exposures all appear to contribute to the rash. While eczema may be confined to small patches, some patients experience extensive flaking and irritation over a large area of their body. A variety of topical medications are available to control symptoms, and avoidance of irritation and triggers is crucial to long-term management of the rash. Our dermatology team can recommend both medical-grade and over-the-counter treatments as well as lifestyle changes to optimally manage the condition.