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Eczema. View of the torso of an adult male patient suffering from acute eczema. A severe and wide- spread red rash is seen. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin which produces itching and may be accompanied by scaling or blisters. Here, some of the eczema sores have scabbed over. This skin disorder may occur without any obvious external cause, or may be due to an allergy. For mild cases treatment consists of applying emollients, such as petroleum jelly, which keep the skin in the affected area soft and reduce irritation and scratching. In severe cases corticosteroid drugs are prescribed and if bacterial infections develop, antibiotic drugs may be given.
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