What is Eczema?
Eczema is an itchy, uncomfortable skin condition also known as atopic dermatitis, and it should be treated by a dermatologist. Eczema can be caused by immune system problems, genetic issues, or environmental factors. The dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ can help you if you are dealing with eczema.
Who Is at Risk of Developing Eczema?
You are at increased risk of developing eczema if you have dry skin because dry skin is not as effective at preventing allergens from irritating your skin. Children are more at risk of developing eczema, especially before the age of 5. Adults can also develop eczema.
Signs and Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema often appears as reddish-brown patches on ankles, feet, hands, knees, chest, elbows, face, scalp, and chest. Other common signs and symptoms of eczema include:
● Chronic, severe itching which can become more severe at night
● Swollen, inflamed, red, raw, sensitive skin
● Patches of dry, cracked, scaly skin
● Bumps on the skin that are draining fluid, which will crust over
What You Can Do for Mild Eczema Symptoms
Mild eczema symptoms can often be relieved with a few simple home remedies, including:
● Taking over-the-counter antihistamine medications like Allegra
● Applying calamine lotion and other anti-itch topical medications
● Applying moisturizer while taking a shower
● Applying cool, wet bandages and dressings
● Taking warm oatmeal or baking soda baths
● Placing a humidifier in your home
● Wearing cool, breathable, cotton clothing
When You Should See Your Dermatologist About Eczema
You should visit your dermatologist for eczema treatment if:
● Eczema symptoms aren’t relieved with home therapies
● Eczema symptoms are getting more severe or more frequent
● Eczema symptoms are interfering with your quality of life
How Our Dermatologist Can Treat Eczema
The dermatology team at A to Z Dermatology may recommend medications as a first line of treatment for eczema. Common medications include:
● Dupixent works to prevent your immune system from overreacting
● Rinvoq, which helps prevent inflammation
● Cibinqo, which is used in severe cases of eczema, which don’t respond to other treatments
Our dermatologist may also recommend:
● Prescription topical creams to control itching
● Prescription-strength oral medications to relieve itching
● Antibiotics if your symptoms are caused by a skin infection
● Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications
● Corticosteroid dressings to reduce skin inflammation
● Ultraviolet or natural light therapy to eliminate patches
Want To Know More?
To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of eczema, call the dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology. You can reach them in any of their five convenient office locations in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ, by calling (480) 982-3337, so call today.