When it comes to treating itchy skin due to problems like eczema and other skin rashes, Dr. Rodney, the lead physician at Eternal Dermatology, has the expertise and caring attitude to help to improve the quality of your life. As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, she keeps up to date on the most innovative approaches to the management of this irritating skin condition. Call Eternal Dermatology, or book an appointment online today.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition where your skin breaks out in very itchy, dry, red rashes. Scratching makes the skin itch even more, and it can become thickened and dark colored, and may sometimes bleed. The rashes of eczema can occur on any part of the body, but often affect the hands, feet, inside the elbows, inside the knees and the face.
What causes eczema?
It is unknown why some people get eczema while others do not, but genetics, dry skin and allergies to environmental factors may play a role. Seasonal allergies and asthma may be linked to eczema, and some people may have all three of these conditions. Conditions that may trigger an eczema flare include:
- Cold weather
- Household cleaning products
- Contact with animal dander
- Perfumes and certain skin lotions
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Eczema usually causes red, itchy skin. Additional symptoms include:
- Small bumps filled with fluid, often on the hands and feet
- Brown patches of dry skin
- Raw, broken skin
- Thick, rough cracked skin
What is the treatment for eczema?
Once active, eczema is prone to infection and can be disabling if left untreated. It must be distinguished from other common skin conditions such as psoriasis, ring worm, and even some forms of skin cancer. As eczema is a chronic condition, treatment is aimed and controlling and minimizing flare ups and any associated infection. The goals of treatment are to:
- Calm the skin, and control itching
- Reduce dryness and scaling of the skin
- Reduce emotional stress
- Prevent infections
- Stop the skin from becoming thick and dark, as a result of scratching
The most important steps in the management of eczema are:
- Take short warm showers instead of long hot showers, as hot water dries out the skin, and worsens the itching.
- Use gentle moisturizing soaps, like Dove.
- Use laundry detergents free of dyes and fragrances
- Avoid any food that you notice may worsen your eczema
- Moisturize the skin with a gentle, fragrance free moisturizer
The itchy, red skin rashes of eczema can be incredibly uncomfortable. At Eternal Dermatology, we can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan that will have your skin looking and feeling better soon! Call today or book an appointment online."