Eczema

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A hand itches the top of a bare knee, possibly because of eczema

A rash that's pink or red, rough to the touch, itchy and persistent may be eczema (sometimes called dermatitis).

Eczema is an inflammatory condition that can occur in people of all ages, commonly in the wrists and ankles. It may also arise in spots near the joints, such as the inside of the elbow or the back of the knee. In children, eczema frequently appears on the cheeks, explains Keith Choate, MD, PhD, a Yale Medicine dermatologist.

With many doctors listed among the best dermatologists in the country, Yale Medicine dermatologists receive thousands of referrals a year to evaluate and treat challenging skin conditions, including eczema. Treatment is always individualized for each patient's needs.