Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed. The skin becomes very itchy and appears most commonly on the face, hands and feet, wrists and back of the knees. You can determine whether or not you think you have eczema by looking for dry, sensitive or rough skin, in which case you should receive a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist. Treatment for eczema can involve many factors depending on the severity of the condition. Many over-the-counter creams and lotions that keep the skin moisturized are effective. Otherwise, a prescription for medicines containing antihistamines or corticosteroids may soothe the skin. Lifestyle changes are also important such as bathing regimens and laundry habits.