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How can I overcome my eczema?

Each month, leading integrative health expert, Dr Andrew Weil, gives his definitive answer to a medical question

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Eczema, or atopic dermatitis (AD), is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterised by itchy patches of red, scaly rash. It is common in infants, children and young adults. AD typically affects the face, scalp, inside of elbows, knees, ankles and hands. It often accompanies other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Symptoms can be worsened by temperature changes and dry climates, as well as stress. In some cases, certain soaps or detergents, metals, dust mites, and animal dander can trigger eczema. Dermatologists usually treat eczema with topical steroids or calcineurin inhibitors, but I believe these agents suppress the problem and may worsen it over time. Side effects are common and the long-term safety of these medications remains in doubt.

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