Eczema

Eczema Treatment At Parasol Dermatology

Eczema, a chronic skin condition known as atopic dermatitis, occurs frequently in infants and children. However, it can also persist into adulthood and change in severity. For some, the condition may get better or even go away completely. Others may experience the skin becoming chronically dry and irritated. In some adults, eczema has been observed to come and go in waves, often for long periods of time. When a flareup occurs, however, the condition is often as intense as ever.

What Is Known About Eczema, And How We Can Help

The exact cause of eczema isn’t known, despite significant research attempting to pin it down. What is known is that some sufferers of atopic dermatitis lack necessary proteins. These proteins are responsible for stabilizing the skin’s resistance to water. This leads to their skin being more sensitive to certain irritants. They also have a greater likelihood of developing skin infections from fungus, viruses or bacteria.

You may be experiencing eczema if you have the following symptoms:

  • Skin that is itchy or dry, or skin that becomes so prior to the appearance of a rash.
  • Blisters that are raw and red, or weep clear fluid or often crust over. These blisters often appear due to scratching rashes on the elbows, knees, feet, hands or face.
  • Patches of skin that have thickened from chronic scratching.

Another known fact regarding eczema is that it is not infectious, but is tied to environmental factors and genetic heritage. It appears more frequently in children of parents with allergies or asthma. Food allergies also often appear in 1 in 3 children who present with eczema. Those who live in dry climates or in the city are also more likely to develop the condition.

Sufferers of eczema often report that certain common products are guaranteed to cause a flare-up. Keeping track of known triggers can help you manage your eczema. Some common triggers include:

  • Soaps and household cleaners
  • Fragrances in perfumes and lotions
  • Wool and polyester fabrics
  • Pet dander
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Emotional stress
  • Sweating
  • Diagnostics and tests

During your visit, Dr. Bolante will determine if your symptoms are eczema. She will examine your skin closely, discuss your medical history and perform skin tests to determine the source of your skin condition. While there are no known cures for eczema, this process will help determine the appropriate steps to control your symptoms.

Schedule A Visit With Parasol Dermatology

Depending on the severity of your case, living with eczema can be very trying. It can impact your ability to engage socially and can make sleeping difficult. You may find that you’re covering up your eczema symptoms, and avoid going swimming or engaging in other activities. By learning more about your eczema and what triggers it, you’ll be able to limit the degree to which it impacts your life. Call our office today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Bolante. We’re prepared to help you find relief from the symptoms of eczema.

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