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Glossary

Eczema


Inflammation of the outer layers of the skin. There are three main groups of eczema.
Atopic eczema is a broad allergic reaction similar to hay fever and asthma.
Seborrhoeic eczema is a life-long condition often described as cradle cap in infants or dandruff in adults.
Contact dermatitis occurs after irritation (often from chemical substances) or as a specific allergic reaction (often to metals such as nickel).
The most common treatments are moisturisers and steroid creams/ointments.