Patients have varying degrees of dry skin. This is especially prominent on the lower legs. The dermatitis also referred to as eczema or eczematous inflammation can occur in many different areas.
Babies and children often present with eczema on the cheeks. Eczema in this location may be stimulated by contamination with food and saliva.
Babies can present with widespread inflammation that spares the diaper area. Children and adults develop eczema in the anti-cubital and popliteal fossa and about the wrists and ankles. Constant scratching of these areas produces a thick kind of eczema called lichenification. This thick form of eczema itches intensely stimulating even more scratching.
Adults are especially prone to develop eczema on the eyelids and the neck. Rubbing and scratching the eyelids can cause extensive long-term treatment resistant inflammation. Some adults have persistent widespread inflammation involving the entire body including the face. These patients lead a miserable existence.