Can eczema be cured?
Eczema can be managed but not cured. About 15 million people in the U.S. have severe eczema, or atopic dermatitis. Its exact cause is unknown, but experts believe it is a blend of genetic, immune and environmental factors. Physical signs and symptoms are burdensome. Constant itching compromises sleep. The rash, although not contagious, causes stigma, contributing to depression and anxiety. Dermatologic experts agree that finding more effective treatment is a public health priority.