Eczema (also referred to as dermatitis) is a recurring, long-term inflammation of the skin, and there is no cure. It usually begins in childhood, appearing within the first six months, and can continue through adolescence into adulthood. Although some children may eventually outgrow eczema, about 80 per cent will have dry, irritable skin their whole lives. Some adults develop eczema for the first time in adulthood.
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