Medical Terminology Made Simple: Eczema

Barry Lenson

Medical Terminology Made Simple: Eczema

As a service to people who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is launching a series of short posts on medical terminology. Each post will define one medical term.

Today’s medical term is . . . Eczema

It’s funny, isn’t it, how the names of diseases sound like what they are. That’s the case with eczema, for sure. The word sounds like “ick.” And no doubt about it, eczema is an icky skin condition to have.

The term eczema is used to describe a number of chronic rash-like skin conditions that include . . .

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Swelling

The problem with this icky condition is that certain people are inclined to suffer from it for years. Plenty of medications are used to treat it, including immunosuppressants, moisturizers and steroid creams.  If you have eczema, a dermatologist should be able to diagnose the problem and recommend a course of treatment that can get the bumps, redness and itching to go away.

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