Eczema is a general term for a set of chronic skin conditions caused by inflammation. Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is the most common type of eczema, and has been called the ‘Itch that rashes’. It is also the most common form of eczema in children.
The symptoms of eczema are close to that of an allergic reaction, but doctors are still unsure as to what causes eczema. Irritation of the skin associated with eczema is very similar in both children and adults.
So, does eczema get better with age?
In most cases, the answer is yes. As an infant, it is very likely that by the age of 3 or 4 eczema symptoms may have disappeared. However, the skin can remain sensitive and an occasional flare-up may occur in years to come. About two-thirds of children see an improvement in their eczema, with the other one-third unfortunately still prone to the effects throughout their adult life.
What happens if the child still has it as a teen?
At this stage, there is probably still no need to worry, as your child could be in the one-third whose eczema will clear up as a young adult. It is possible that they will experience the symptoms up until age 25 or so. This does not mean that the condition won’t disappear fully, it just means that it may take a bit longer.
If eczema is taking longer to clear up, how do I manage it?
If eczema is taking longer to clear up, it is likely that you and your child can recognize the triggers of eczema and avoid them. There are products available for those who have more sensitive skin which can help prevent eczema flares.
Eczema is probably more common than you think. You can be born with it but will hopefully clear up as you get older. However, you can also develop it as an adult without ever having had symptoms before. Either way, eczema is manageable, and will most likely disappear whether you have it as a child or adult. It can be frustrating and painful at times but there are products and blogs out there to help you manage until it clears up.