Many people believe that eczema mainly occurs in childhood and is likely to clear up as a child grows older. However, this itchy skin condition sometimes takes a heavier toll on adults than children, an expert says.

The result is a dry and very troublesome rash and intense itching, which may occur on almost any part of the body.

‘It’s not just eczema’

“Adult eczema patients may have dealt with their symptoms for their entire lives, which can be draining, or they may experience symptoms for the first time as adults, which can be a difficult adjustment,” said Dr Jonathan Silverberg, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“Either way, this condition can take a real toll on them,” added Dr Silverberg, who is also a director of Northwestern’s Multidisciplinary Eczema Center. Some people mistakenly regard eczema as a childhood disease and not a serious health problem for adults, he said.

“People who aren’t familiar with the disease might say, ‘It’s just eczema.’ But for many patients, it’s not ‘just eczema’. It can be debilitating,” Dr Silverberg said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology.

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