Eczema is a chronic or recurrent inflammatory skin disease that usually begins in the first few years of life. It is often the initial indication that a child may later develop asthma and/or allergic rhinitis (hay fever). In infants, eczema usually appears as tiny bumps on the cheeks. Older children and adults often experience rashes on the knees or elbows (often in the folds of the joints), on the backs of hands, or on the scalp. Other symptoms of atopic dermatitis include patches of skin that are red or brownish, itchy skin, especially at night or dry cracked or scaly skin.*
*Source: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.