Eczema is a skin disease that first shows signs with patches of dry, red, and itchy skin. Scratching can further damage the skin and can make the rash worse. Also referred to by medical professionals as dermatitis, eczema is the term used to classify a wide range of skin conditions that cause swelling, discoloration or severe dryness. It is most common in infants and young children, most often showing up before the age of five. It is rare to appear for the first time as an adult.
How is Eczema Diagnosed?
A dermatologist will take a close look at the dry and scaly patches and/or rash. They may inquire as to when these symptoms first appeared and whether any blood relatives have eczema, hay fever or asthma. Oftentimes, this is all that is needed to diagnose eczema. If allergy testing is necessary, your dermatologist will inform you.
How is Eczema Treated?
A treatment plan will be created by your dermatologist that is unique to your needs. Most of these plans include: skin care, medical therapies, and tips to avoid flare ups. It is important to follow the plan prescribed by your doctor.
Treating Your Eczema
The exact treatment plan that is best for you and your eczema will depend on your medical history, eczema type, and personal preferences. Many treatments can help control eczema. Treatments that you can try at home or purchase over-the-counter include:
- Moisturizer or emollient
- Wet wraps
- Dilute bleach bath
Treatments that you may receive from your dermatologist include:
- Calcineurin inhibitor
- Systemic immunomodulatory agents
Get Your Eczema Diagnosed and Treated Today
You don’t have to live with painful and itchy skin rashes; the right treatment for eczema can be extremely effective. If you have questions about your skin, think that you may have eczema, or need to seek eczema treatment, the team at Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC is ready to meet with you. Contact us today to set up your first appointment.