What do I do if I suffer from eczema and my hand and arm suddenly develop a lot of rashes? (photo)

Doctor's Answers 1

Thank you for the question.

There are various reasons for a flare of eczema. These include an underlying infection and contact dermatitis with irritants and allergens. From the photos, this does look like quite a bad flare of the rashes.

I think it would be best for you to see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper examination to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment of the rashes.

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