ec·​ze·​ma | \ig-ˈzē-mə, ˈeg-zə-mə, ˈek-sə- \

Definition of eczema 

: an inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions which become scaly, crusted, or hardened

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Other Words from eczema

eczematous \ ig-​ˈze-​mə-​təs \ adjective

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Having an eczema flare-up is like taking a master class in self-control. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Causes Eczema, Anyway?," 13 July 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no cure for eczema, which can make skin dry, itchy, red and sensitive. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Ex-nursing student fatally stabs parents, kills herself over eczema agony, police say," 21 June 2018 Their first product was a unique purple eczema remedy [Herbal Rescue Balm] that sold out on HSN in a matter of minutes. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Best Skin-Care Brands Created by Dermatologists, According to a Cosmetic Surgeon," 16 May 2018 Now, people are buzzing about the company again after one mom says Lush’s Dream Cream is the only thing that has cured her four-month-old baby’s eczema. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Mom Claims Son's Eczema Was Transformed By Lush's Dream Cream," 13 Apr. 2018 Yet all current eczema treatments ignore the microbiome. Ian Myles, CNN, "A possible new weapon against eczema: live bacteria," 17 May 2018 The beauty brand Lush has reportedly started selling out of its hand and body lotion called Dream Cream, after a mom claimed the product cured her child's eczema, Pop Sugar noted. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Woman Claims Lush's Dream Cream Cured Her Son's Eczema," 15 Apr. 2018 The earliest sign of allergic disease is atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Chris Couch, USA TODAY, "Ask a Doc: Can I do anything to ensure my newborn doesn't develop allergies?," 17 May 2018 Breast-feeding is also associated with a lower risk for sudden infant death syndrome; allergies, including conditions like asthma and eczema; celiac disease and childhood inflammatory bowel disease. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of eczema

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eczema

New Latin, from Greek ekzema, from ekzein to erupt, from ex- out + zein to boil — more at ex-, yeast

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English Language Learners Definition of eczema

medical : a skin disease that causes areas of the skin to become red, rough, and itchy


ec·​ze·​ma | \ig-ˈzē-mə, ˈeg-zə-mə, ˈek-sə-mə\

Kids Definition of eczema

: a skin disease in which the skin is red and itchy and has scaly or crusty patches


ec·​ze·​ma | \ig-ˈzē-mə, ˈeg-zə-mə, ˈek-sə- \

Medical Definition of eczema 

: an inflammatory condition of the skin characterized by redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions which become scaly, crusted, or hardened

Other Words from eczema

eczematous \ ig-​ˈzem-​ət-​əs \ adjective

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