Elderly atopic eczemababy with eczemaEczema or dermatitis are the same and often used interchangeably. They are broad terms. At a basic level it means inflammation of the skin. The skin becomes red, swollen and may be cracked, weeping and can be scaly.
There are many different causes and types of eczema or dermatitis including atopic, allergic, irritant, contact and asteatotic (due to excessively dry skin). Dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of eczema. They will help find the cause of your problem and guide you towards the correct treatment.


Treatment of eczema depends on the cause and severity. Often topical corticosteroids are used, but sometimes light treatment or oral treatment is required. Seeking the advice of a dermatologist is important and will help solve your problem so you can live more comfortably.