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What are the main symptoms of eczema?
Eczema most commonly presents as dry, scaly skin. It can affect any area of the body, but in children it most typically affects areas around the neck, hands, cheeks, scalp, the back or front of the knees, and the outside or inside of the elbows. The dry skin becomes itchy, hot and inflamed and it may also appear red and irritated.
Skin that has been infected with eczema can look wet or weepy when it is scratched and it may also bleed. It is often very difficult to stop a little one from scratching their eczema due to itching being one of the main symptoms. If skin gets broken and cracked on a regular basis, further infections can occasionally happen and cause further irritation.