advertisement

Skin

Updated 22 February 2016

Can eczema be outgrown?

Eczema may be completely outgrown around puberty. It is rare for eczema to continue into old age.

0

Eczema usually becomes less severe in the teens, and may be completely "outgrown" around puberty.

The majority of people will remain symptom-free, apart from eczema on the hands due to contact with irritants such as detergents and oils. However, there may be a relapse in some patients around the age of 20.

The reason for this is unclear. If eczema continues into the third, fourth and fifth decade, it is commonly "outgrown" at menopause in females. It is rare for it to continue into old age, but when it does it is often severe and widespread. 

Read more: 

What is eczema? 

Treating eczema? 

Causes of eczema

Reviewed by Professor Sharon Kling, Clinical Unit Head, General Paediatrics, Intensivist at Tygerberg Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University. February 2015.

Original article by Dr Harris Steinman, May 2007.

 

Ask the Expert

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules