Finding Ways to Manage Eczema can Improve Comfort
People who live with eczema may constantly worry that they may experience an inconvenient, uncomfortable flare up itchy, dry skin. This condition, formally called atopic dermatitis, affects children and adults of all ages. The underlying issue in eczema is hyperactivity in the immune system which leads to an intense response to certain irritants.
It is the uncertainty of eczema that can make this condition so extremely frustrating. When working with patients, one of the goals that we seek to achieve is the identification of irritants that will trigger the unwarranted immune response.
Some of the common instigators of an eczema flare-up include:
- Pet dander
- Chemicals in detergents, soaps, lotions, and fragrances
- Food allergies
- Synthetic clothing fabrics
- Extreme hot or cold
In order to develop a successful treatment plan for eczema, an accurate diagnosis is a must. We perform a thorough assessment consisting of a physical examination as well as a full medical history and family history. In some cases, patch testing may also be recommended to determine if certain allergens are either causing or exacerbating itchiness and other uncomfortable symptoms.
The avoidance of triggers is an essential aspect of managing eczema. Making small changes such as trading scented products for all-natural, unscented, hypoallergenic body care and avoiding exposure to excessive heat or cold may have a positive effect on the skin. Additional recommendations for preventing dryness and itching include keeping the skin moisturized and avoiding scratching as much as possible.
In conjunction with lifestyle modification to manage eczema, some people may also require specific dermatologic treatment. Some of the ways a dermatologist may address eczema include:
- Prescription-strength antihistamines to control itching.
- Corticosteroid medication to soothe irritated skin.
- Maintenance with non-steroidal topical medication.
- Control infection with topical or oral antibiotics.
It is important to us to help you gain control over the health and appearance of your skin. Eczema is a chronic condition that may affect you in a very different way than any other person. With focused attention and an extensive background in treatment options, your dermatologist can assist you in finding your path toward healthier skin.
Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center has three offices to serve your needs. Schedule a visit with us for help managing eczema.