Eczema’s symptoms include itchiness, dry skin, scaly patches, skin infections, blisters, crusting, and rashes, with itching being the most common complaint. On brown or black skin, eczema may look like a series of small, raised bumps. In most cases, eczema begins before age five and continues into the adolescent and adult years.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition divided into seven recognized “types”: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. If you’re wondering what causes eczema, you are not alone. Currently, medical professionals believe that eczema is caused by the interaction between genes and environmental triggers. Contact dermatitis, for example, occurs when the skin comes in contact with an irritant such as certain metals, plants, or chemicals.
The immune system jumps into overdrive, producing eczema “flare ups” on the skin's surface. While research is ongoing, studies suggest there may also be a hereditary component to eczema. Currently, eczema affects more than 31 million Americans or about 10% of the US population. Eczema can be acute or chronic and can affect people of all ages. If you have eczema, visiting one of our clinics can help you find relief. Our staff will create a treatment plan based on your symptoms and needs and help you uncover your best skin.
The Symptoms of Eczema
Treatment Options for People With Eczema
While there is no cure for eczema, there are several effective treatments. These include oral antihistamines, topical corticosteroids, and topical immunomodulators. There are also a variety of cosmetic treatments available, including phototherapy, which can be very effective for people experiencing eczema.
If you believe you may have eczema, you don’t have to suffer alone, nor do you have to live with the condition forever. Make an appointment with the team here at Dermatology Associates for a comprehensive skin examination and a customized treatment plan.