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Infected eczema on the face of a three month old baby boy. Eczema is a form of dermatitis, a skin irritation that causes itchiness and flaking of the skin. Scratching the skin can break the surface and cause infections. Treatment of infections is with antibiotics. Eczema itself is difficult to treat as its causes are largely unknown, and treatments are aimed at the symptoms. These include using moisturisers to prevent the skin drying out, and antihistamine creams or drugs to relieve itching.
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