Asteatotic eczema is a form of xerosis. Eczema (also called dermatitis) includes a family of skin conditions that cause red, swollen and itchy skin.

With this particular eczema type, the skin rash appears as scaly plaques with interconnected fissures, giving the appearance of cracked porcelain.

The rash typically occurs on the lower legs (called eczema craquelé) but may also surface on the upper arms, thighs or lower back. Treatment includes moisturizing and avoiding environmental irritants that exacerbate the condition, such as very cold air or very hot bathwater.

Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

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Published: 29 Jul 2013

Last Modified: 29 Jul 2013