What is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition caused by an inflammation of the skin. People who have eczema have to deal with itchy, dry, and red skin. Skin can even become leathery or cracked. The entire body can be affected by eczema. Eczema commonly affects babies and small children although they tend to outgrow it. However, adults can also have chronic eczema issues. Eczema also tends to run in families. The symptoms can be triggered by:
- Dry Heat
- Sweat and Heat
- Cold, dry environments
- Contact with aggravating substances
Symptoms of Eczema
Common symptoms include rash, dryness, redness, bumpy or scaly skin, inflammation, and itchiness. Usually, these skin irritations will appear in patches of skin on areas such as the face, neck, hands, arms, or legs. Although the symptoms do vary for everyone, itching is usually the most prevalent. The severity of irritation varies as well but constant scratching can cause bleeding or open sores, which can lead to infection making eczema symptoms worse.
What Causes Eczema?
There is no one specific cause to eczema as flare-ups are usually created by a combination of immune system abnormalities, genetics, and environmental triggers. Those who have sensitive skin, asthma, or hay fever are typically more likely to develop eczema. Contact with certain soaps, shampoos, fabrics, fur or animal dander, and dry or humid climates can also trigger eczema. Basically, anything that causes irritation to the skin can cause a flare-up of eczema. However, unlike many skin diseases, eczema is not contagious.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Eczema
There is no cure for eczema but there are a variety of treatments that are available to help lessen and manage its symptoms. Treatment will be dependent upon the patient’s age and severity of eczema. Eczema has many different causes which will be addressed with Dr. Adler after obtaining a full medical history some treatment options may be:
- Corticosteroid Cream or Ointment
- Steroid Injections
- Calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel)
- Light Therapy
Get Control over your Eczema Today!
Call Max Adler Dermatology in Plano or Dallas, TX today to set up your initial consultation with our team. We will be happy to help you come up with a detailed treatment plan to bring relief and prevent the frequency of flare-ups.
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