Information For The Media
Eczema is a common, non-contagious group of dermatologic conditions that cause the skin to become red or darker colored, irritated, itchy and/or inflamed. There are several types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, neurodermatitis, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Eczema Facts at a glance
- 31.6 million Americans have some form of eczema
- 18 million people in the US have atopic dermatitis (AD), the most chronic, common, and severe form of eczema.
- 9.6 million (13%) of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with eczema or AD.
- Eczema symptoms are different for everyone but may include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Very bad itching
- Dark colored patches of skin
- Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
- Oozing or crusting
- Areas of swelling
- Nearly 5.9M workdays annually are lost due to eczema.
- 70% of adults with moderate to severe AD reported an unbearable itch in the past two weeks.
- Children and adolescents with AD have higher rates of depression, anxiety and conduct disorder than children without AD.
- More than one-third of people with AD say they “often” or “always” feel angry or embarrassed by their appearance due to the condition.
- 1 in 4 children and teens with AD have experienced bullying because of their disease.
- There is no cure for eczema but there are many different types of treatments.
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About National Eczema Association (NEA):
- NEA’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for individuals with eczema through research, support, and education.
- NEA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988.
- NEA’s 3-year strategic plan, the Roadmap to Advocacy, is based on five transformational keys:
- Raise awareness about the burden eczema has on individuals and families and erase the stigma of eczema
- Equip medical practices with the most effective patient-centered models of eczema care
- Advance community-based models of eczema care
- Drive innovative research focused on improving patient quality of life and treatments
- Advocate to ensure treatment access and affordability
- NEA is governed by a Board of Directors and guided by a Scientific & Medical Advisory Council.
- NEA is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and is funded through individual donations, fee for service programs and corporate contributions.
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