Eczema Myths

Studies have shown that 60% of children who have a parent with atopic eczema also have the condition. If both parents have atopic eczema, there is an 80% chance that a child will also have the condition.


If you have a child suffering from Eczema, it is important to understand what is true about the condition and what is just a simple misconception.


Unfortunately most people do not seem to know enough about the condition which can sometimes lead to some individuals being alienated or bullied,  particularly younger people.

Here at  we understand what problems this could cause and therefore decided to set the record straight by compiling a list of commonly mistaken assumptions:




Myth: Eczema is contagious.

Truth: Because eczema can look unsightly, many people assume it’s infectious – this is one of the reasons many children with eczema get bullied. But it’s certainly not ‘catching’. – Source –


Myth:  It’s because I didnt breastfeed.

Truth: Research shows that exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first four to six months can reduce the chances of eczema, but bottle-feeding your baby will not have caused your baby’s eczema,” says Dr Adam Fox, consultant in paediatric allergy at St Thomas’ hospital, London. – Source -


Myth:Steroids for eczema will harm my baby’s skin.

Truth: Many parents are loath to use steroid creams on their little one’s delicate skin. “Steroid creams have a bad name. This dates from the 1960s and 70s, when they were misused, resulting in thinning of the skin,” says Bevis Man. “But they are a safe way to treat atopic eczema if used properly and according to the instructions.” See your GP for advice – he or she should prescribe certain strengths of steroids for different areas of your child’s body. – Source -



Myth:You can’t go swimming if you have eczema.

Truth:  Most people with eczema can go swimming. However, some people who have severe eczema find that the chemicals used in swimming pools or the salt in sea water makes their eczema worse, so they choose not to go in. Make sure that before and after you go swimming, you rinse your skin and put on a moisturizer. – Source – EczemaCanada



Myth: Daily baths will aggravate eczema.

Truth: Daily bathing is fine as long as you keep things simple, says Bevis Man. Make use of the special emollients that are on sale for bathing with eczema. “Heat can often trigger flare-ups, so use warmer, rather than hot, water. Avoid bubble baths and soaps that can strip the skin’s natural oils. – Source -



Myth: Eczema is just like acne.

Truth:  No. Eczema is not like acne – they are completely different conditions. However, it is true that some medications may cause acne and complicate eczema. Talk to your doctor, there are different medications that may help. – Source –



Myth: It’s an allergic reaction.

Truth:  It is not true according to Margaret Cox from the National Eczema society. Eczema is not an allergic reaction, though flare ups can be triggered by things like dust mites, perfumed soaps and pollen – Source -