Answer

The correct answer to the Winter Mom Quiz is:
D. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis (AD). Ninety percent of those with AD develop symptoms by age 5. Researchers are still studying what causes AD, but some factors may include genetic makeup and exposure to potential allergens. Other forms of eczema include allergic contact dermatitis (where skin becomes inflamed due to an allergic reaction) and seborrheic eczema (also known as cradle cap).

The Other Answers

A. Eczema is contagious.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, eczema is a noncontagious skin condition.

B. Young children with eczema are less likely to have food allergies and asthma.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that children with eczema are more likely to have allergies and asthma. About 37 percent of children with eczema also have a food allergy.

C. All children who have eczema will be dealing with severe symptoms for the rest of their lives.
About 50 percent of children with eczema will outgrow symptoms completely. Adults with eczema often have less severe symptoms than they experienced in childhood.

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