Eczema is an inflammation of the outer layer of skin that causes itching and a red rash often accompanied by blisters that weep and then crust. Various forms of eczema include atopic, usually found in childhood and sometimes associated with family history of allergy; small well-defined areas, found on hands and feet; and eczema found on the legs that can be associated with poor circulation. Treatment depends on cause but it usually includes the use of locally applied corticosteroids. Creams, lotions and antihistamines may help stop itching. To reduce scratching and irritation, soothing ointments should be covered by a dressing and absorbent, nonirritating materials should be worn next to the skin. Fabrics such as wool, silk and rough synthetics should be avoided.