Eczema, also sometimes referred to as dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin.  In its mildest form the skin is dry, red scaly and itchy and in its most severe forms the skins can be weeping with crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching can cause the skin to split and bleed which in turn can leave it open to infections.

Eczema is a very individual condition and therefore varies enormously from person to person, it is however NOT contagious so you are unable to catch this from someone else.

Whilst there are many different types of eczema the most common is atopic eczema. Atopic is used to describe people who suffer from certain allergic tendencies, whoever this is more complex than a simple allergic condition and those people with this condition also have an increased chance of developing other atopic conditions such as hay fever or asthma Eczema can affect people of all ages but is predominantly seen in children. Those who "grow out” of their eczema during early childhood may see it recur again in later life.