Does Eczema Worsen with Age?
Eczema usually begins in infancy between the ages of 2 to 6 months. The skin is dry and the rash is itchy. Infants may be restless, rubbing against their sheets or other objects. They will try to scratch if they are able. The rash may involve only the face, or it may cover a large part of the body.
As the child gets older, the rash may become more localized (more concentrated in one place). In early childhood, the rash is commonly found on the legs, feet, hands and arms. As a person becomes older, the rash may be limited to areas such as the bend of the elbows and knees, on the backs of the hands and feet, and on the neck and face. If the rash has been on the skin for a long time, the skin in that area may become thickened, leathery and sometimes darker in color. The more the person scratches, the worse the rash gets and the thicker the skin gets.