Bodywork and & Massage Therapy Precaution: Eczema with Acute Rash

Bodywork and & Massage Therapy Precaution: Eczema with Acute Rash

Eczema is a term for several different types of skin swelling. Eczema is often called dermatitis. Most types of eczema cause dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.

Eczema is not contagious. The cause for it is not known. It is likely caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Eczema may get better or worse over time, but it is often a long-lasting disease. People who have it may also develop hay fever and asthma.


The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It is most common in babies and children, but adults can have it too. As children who have atopic dermatitis grow older, this problem may get better or go away, but sometimes the skin may stay dry and get irritated easily.[i]


It is ill-advised to apply pressure over any area of the skin that is broken, has blisters or deep cracks.  An individual is prone to an infection with ruptured skin.  There are medical creams available to help an eczema break-out; however, this should be prescribed by a doctor.

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[i] NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. “Eczema | Dermatitis | Atopic Dermatitis.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 Apr. 2018,



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