Patient Comments: Is Eczema Contagious? - Experience

Question:

Please describe your experience with eczema. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Timorousbeaste, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

My step sister has eczema on her hands (she’s a cosmetology student and it is often irritated). I have never in my life had anything even close to eczema or dermatitis, and now suddenly I have exactly what my step sister has, on my hands. If it isn’t contagious, explain this one, because I am at a loss.

Comment from: Dr.alice, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 25

If your child has eczema, then he should not go to school or outside for at least a week, as the heat might give a boost to it.

Comment from: ??? ??, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

Eczema is not contagious. You can never catch eczema, even if you are in close contact with someone who has it. On a separate topic, an open wound with a bacterial infection is not like scabies. Unless you are a person who is immune compromised or who has a skin condition themselves, people rarely catch a bacterial skin infection from another person.

Comment from: drbuckner, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

Although perhaps not pretty, eczema is not contagious. You can never catch eczema, even if you are in close contact with someone who has it. On a separate topic, an open wound with a bacterial infection is not like scabies. Unless you are a person who is immune compromised or who has a skin condition themselves, people rarely catch a bacterial skin infection from another person.

QUESTION

Eczema (also atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is a general medical term for many types of skin inflammation. See Answer

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