Ask the general public in Short Hills what eczema is and you may get some surprising answers which are very different from the definition you’ll receive when you ask a dermatologist. For many years, the average individual has classified any type of skin condition as eczema and for a large part; many different skin conditions are considered a type of eczema. Even some common conditions such as diaper rash or an outbreak of poison ivy can be variants of eczema. This is because the most general definition of eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation. Even though it is not specifically caused by an allergy, atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. Individuals who have eczema are more likely to develop other types of allergic conditions such as asthma. Eczema causes the skin to become dry, itchy and red. In some cases, it becomes cracked or leathery and it can appear on any part of the body causing great discomfort.