Eczema is an umbrella term for several skin conditions, including dyshidrotic eczema, contact dermatitis, and nummular eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common. It causes:
The itchiness eczema causes can be intense, so you might always be scratching your skin. Unfortunately, that makes the symptoms worse. You could also get bacteria in the rash, causing an infection.
Eczema typically starts in early childhood but could develop later. It sometimes goes away for a while before flaring up again. Dr. Adams can usually make a diagnosis of eczema following a physical exam. He may also perform a patch test to eliminate other causes for your symptoms.
Eczema is a complex condition with no single cause. You’re more likely to get eczema if other members of your family have it, so a genetic link is likely. If you have a higher risk, then the climate you live in could trigger eczema. Cities and cold, damp places are the worst environments for eczema.
Eczema also responds to irritants. These take many forms, including:
Exposure to one of these irritants can cause inflammation and a flare-up of your symptoms. Many people find that they’re particularly sensitive to certain triggers.
An important aspect of treating eczema is identifying your triggers and avoiding them as much as possible. Dr. Adams can also advise you on the correct skin care and moisturizing products for your skin.
People often think you should avoid washing your skin too often when you have eczema, but that’s not true. A short, lukewarm shower or bath every day removes bacteria and germs, reducing your risk of skin infections. Using the right moisturizers after washing seals in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated.
A serious case of eczema or worsening symptoms benefit from ointments and medications that fight infections and control inflammation.
With ongoing support and expert management from the Twelve Bridges Dermatology team, you or your child can reduce eczema flare ups. To see how they could help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.