It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but can also be diagnosed in adults for the first time.
Eczema symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin areas, to having large, widespread patches of red, inflamed skin.
You could relieve signs of the dry skin condition by applying coconut oil as a moisturiser.
Coconut oil could help to get rid of eczema symptoms, according to the National Eczema Association.
It works by reducing the amount of staph bacteria on the skin, which could cause eczema.
Using the cream just once or twice a day could help patients to avoid flare-ups, it said.
“Before you consider any kind of treatment, it’s important to understand what triggers your eczema,” said the National Eczema Association.
“Learning about the irritants in your everyday surroundings can help you better manage the condition whether you use traditional medications, alternative therapies, or both.
“Studies show that applying coconut oil topically reduces the amount of staph bacteria on the skin, which reduces the chance of infection.
“Apply coconut oil once or twice a day to damp skin. Be sure to choose coconut oils that are ‘virgin’ or ‘cold-pressed’.
“This method of oil extraction does not use chemicals, which could further irritate skin.”
Adding coconut oil to your diet could also lower your chances of developing arthritis, it’s been claimed.
It contains high levels of antioxidants that reduce inflammation – one of the key warning signs of arthritis.
But, speak to a GP before using coconut oil to treat your eczema, warned the National Eczema Association.
There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms.
Antihistamines could help to relieve any signs of itching, while more powerful treatments may be offered by a dermatologist.
It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter treatments.