• Keisha Sullivan, DO, MS
  • Sana Haq, DO, MS
  • Tina Joyce, DO, FACOFP


Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, flaky, and itchy. It occurs in individuals of every gender, race, and age. The cause is unknown but it has been found to be more severe in individuals with environmental or food allergies. Symptoms include itchy, red, and dry patches of skin that are usually located in different places in different age groups. Babies usually get eczema on the front on their legs and arms, scalp, or cheeks. Adults tend to get the patches in the creases of their elbows, knees, and necks. It can also be found on the face, forearms, wrists, and hands. If you notice areas on your body as listed above, please follow up with your family physician to be evaluated and treated. Eczema is not a medical emergency but worsening symptoms can cause skin thickening and darkening that could be difficult to treat once advanced.

How to Cite
Sullivan, DO, MS, K., S. Haq, DO, MS, and T. Joyce, DO, FACOFP. “Eczema”. Osteopathic Family Physician, Vol. 10, no. 3, Apr. 2018,
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