Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a chronic, inherited, inflammatory skin condition. Eczema is not contagious. Skin affected by eczema is more vulnerable to infections like impetigo, cold sores and warts.
Symptoms of eczema include areas of dry, itching and reddened skin.
Treatment options include moisturisers, corticosteroids, pimecrolimus cream, phototherapy and oral anti-inflammatory medication.