Eczema

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What is eczema?

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding.

Common symptoms reported by people with eczema

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with eczema

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
eczema (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (9) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clobex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
eczema (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)

Data from patients with eczema, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with eczema

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Cortizone-10)
Perceived effectiveness
for eczema (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Itching under skin Skin thinning
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
eczema (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Apathy 15 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Rash or skin problems 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) balanced translocation 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (9) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Somnolence 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Increased appetite Weight gain 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Better sleep Drowsiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Clobex)
Perceived effectiveness
for eczema (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
eczema (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Insomnia 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (6)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with eczema, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has eczema on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 25
20s 181
30s 261
40s 224
50s 189
60s 99
70+ 25
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 310
20-29 years 75
30-39 years 57
40-49 years 43
50-59 years 23
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 588
Not Diagnosed 55

These charts show data from eczema patients who have completed their condition history
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