Is Eczema Contagious?

Is eczema contagious? Why do people think this? And what to do when you think it's contagious?

Eczema (or dermatitis) can be a difficult to deal with, and it is especially difficult for those who think that it may be contagious. While a flare-up can often lead to some uncomfortable symptoms for those who do have the condition, it is caused due to hypersensitivity of the skin, which is based upon your genes.

Why Eczema is not Contagious

Dermatitis occurs when your skin has additional responding cells present on it, which causes the skin to react to allergens differently than those who have the standard number of cells. The hypersensitivity of the skin is caused by your genes, and while it can be passed down to a child through birth, there is no way to spread the condition from one person to another through physical contact of any kind.

Even if the rash comes in contact with another person, it will not affect them in any way because the rash is caused by the skins reaction, not from a virus or infection.

So, is eczema contagious? No!

Why People Think Eczema is Contagious

For those who are not educated on the subject, they often think that the condition is caused by an infection, or a virus that is present in the skin.

Some rashes can be spread to another person through physical contact, such as poison ivy. However, a person with eczema has a unique response to different irritants, and that response cannot have an effect on another person.


If you or a loved one have eczema, and think the condition is contagious, the best step that you can take is to become more educated on the topic. There are several studies available that can give you detailed information on how exactly eczema occurs, and why it is impossible to spread the rash from one person to another. 

Those who have this skin condition and have a flare-up occur can have the rash spread to other areas of their body, but this is due to the hypersensitivity of the skin, not because the rash is contagious.


  • If you have dermatitis and experience difficulty due to others being nervous that the rash is contagious, you can provide them with information on the condition, which will allow them to understand why it cannot be spread to another person.
  • You can also take certain steps to prevent flare-ups from occurring, which will reduce the amount of outbreaks that you have.

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