National Eczema Week – September 13-19, 2020

September 13–19

Many children and adults suffer from eczema throughout their lives. It is estimated that 35 million people deal with eczema in the U.S. alone. While some cases are mild and others much more severe, eczema is characterized as a medical condition that causes rough, itchy patches of skin that can result in major irritation. This September 13-19, make it your mission to educate yourself about this ailment that affects so many.

National Eczema Week timeline


NEA launched well-being campaign​

The National Eczema Association launched a campaign that focuses on the overall well-being of individuals who suffer from eczema. ​

​September 21, 1948

Hydrocortisone was invented​

The common treatment for eczema, hydrocortisone, was invented.​


Dermatitis coined​

Dermatitis, a.k.a .eczema, became an official term. ​


Dermatology officially recognized​

The Department of Medicine officially recognized dermatology.​

​400 BC

Hippocrates mentioned eczema​

Hippocrates made mention of a skin condition that is very similar to what is now known as eczema​.

How to Observe National Eczema Week

  1. Donate to the National Eczema Association

    The National Eczema Association (NEA) can always use more gifts.

  2. Take a class about eczema

    Check with local agencies to see if there is a short course you can take to help you become more knowledgeable.

  3. Check in with someone you know who suffers from eczema

    Since eczema has been linked to mental distress, make it a point to check in with a friend or family member who suffers from eczema. Keep it as simple as a quick phone call, email, or lunch date.

​5 Facts You Should Know About Eczema

  1. There are different types of eczema

    They're generally characterized by unique skin conditions. ​

  2. ​African Americans are most likely to suffer

    In the U.S., individuals of African American descent are the most likely to suffer from eczema.​

  3. Men are less susceptible

    Women are more likely to suffer from eczema. ​

  4. ​Eczema impacts many aspects of life

    Almost 40 percent of people who suffer from eczema say that the skin condition has caused them to turn down a job or educational opportunity. ​

  5. Eczema often equals asthma

    Research has found that individuals with eczema are more likely to develop asthma or allergies. ​

Why National Eczema Week is Important

  1. National Eczema Week highlights the emotional toll that this condition can take

    Most people realize that physically dealing with eczema can be extremely painful and downright annoying. What isn't as widely discussed, however, is how eczema can emotionally affects those afflicted. Eczema can cause serious stress, anxiety, and even depression.

  2. It helps raise money for the National Eczema Association

    During National Eczema Week there is definitely heightened awareness regarding the work that the National Eczema Association does. After realizing the many ways that the NEA assists eczema sufferers, donors are more likely to financially support the cause.

  3. National Eczema Week helps eczema sufferers remember that they're not alone

    Having eczema can feel isolating. Some people feel embarrassed to go out in public due to the condition of their skin. National Eczema Week serves as an excellent reminder that there are millions of other people who are dealing with this same condition.