Eczema is a common non-contagious skin condition. It often appears in childhood and preferably in children with allergies, and is associated with other so-called atopic diseases such as asthma. Eczema is characterized by slightly raised red patches on which vesicles (kind of transparent pimples which look like they contain liquid) may appear and develop into crusts. These lesions are responsible for severe itching. It can also be caused by certain irritants. In severe cases, antihistamines or steroid creams may be prescribed.