Eczema

THIS INFORMATION IS USEFUL FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS AND OLDER ADULTS
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine offers one of two centers in the state with a phototherapy center to treat chronic eczema.
  • Many of our dermatologists are listed amongst the best dermatologists in the country.
  • ​We are the largest provider of specialized dermatologic care in the region.

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 dermatologists and associate professor of dermatology, genetics and pathology at Yale School of Medicine

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. 

Someone who develops eczema is genetically predisposed to the condition and then exposed to environmental factors such as allergens that activate it. Eczema’s underlying genetic predisposition is also related to the development of asthma and allergies more broadly—the three conditions together are known as “the atopic triad.”  

“The mechanism of eczema is something that we're learning more and more about as immunologists decipher the immune responses that lead to different types of skin conditions,” says Dr. Choate. We are coming to understand that there are certain inflammatory molecules that circulate in the body and are also present in the skin that lead to chronic immune response.”