Eczema (atopic dermatitis) can begin as early as infancy and is marked by dry, red, itchy skin. It may start on the forehead, cheeks or scalp and spread to the trunk, creases of the elbows, knees and wrists. If scratched, the rash may become raw, crusted and infected. Approximately one third of children with this condition will have eczema as adults. There is no cure, although treatments may control and prevent inflammation and itching. People with eczema should exercise good dry skin care practices listed above and may be prescribed a steroid (cortisone) cream or anti-itch medication.