Is Eczema Contagious?

One myth that people should do away with is that of wondering whether eczema is contagious. This condition is also termed as dermatitis, but this is a very general term. There are many forms of eczema, and they are named differently depending on the way they present themselves and also which part of the body they affect. The skin being that largest organ in the body, gets the highest amount of attack from within and without of the body. It is normal for eczema to occur out of a natural immunity reaction to a pathogen or toxin. The condition, though stressful, cannot be passed on from one person to another. The only way that you can claim to get eczema from somebody, is if you react to another infection, passed on by someone else.


Eczema, irrespective of which type it is has a common characteristic and that is of making the skin red, and causing bouts of involuntary itching. Itching is the one that causes the skin to become inflamed and sometimes sores will develop. Your hand can them transfer pathogens to the affected sores leading to a secondary infection. A secondary infection may make the eczema worse. This is why people say that eczema feeds itself. However, despite its tendency to stick around for weeks, you cannot get it from another afflicted person.

You will get eczema from an allergic reaction but never from anyone else. If you suffer from eczema, you need to identify the triggers that bring it on. These are usually items that you touch, or items that you ingest. Though people say that there is a link between eczema and the diet, this has never been proved scientifically. Basically, you are advised to maintain a healthy diet, and avoid water and food that may contain metals such a nickel. Similarly, you can get eczema as a reaction to stress. Stress alters the hormonal balance of the body, and you may get eczema as a direct reaction to stress. If this is the case, plenty of rest and anti-stress drugs will help in alleviating the symptoms of the condition.

Although eczema is not a life threatening condition, it can be very stressful, especially in pediatric cases. When a small child gets eczema, he will not be able to control the itching, and this will make the condition worse. This can cause a lot of stress to the parents. You can get drugs that will help in pediatric eczema cases, but these drugs, which are steroids, should not be used for a long time. They should only be used when there is severe itching in the affected areas. Pain killers can be used to fight any irritation or pain. You can also turn to yoghurt, which has beneficial bacteria that help contain the sensations. Tea is also widely used to provide anti-inflammatory relief to eczema sufferers. It is common for a doctor to give you a regime to follow so that the eczema bouts are far and rare. This is a condition that you get for life, but it is not contagious.

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