Did you know 30 million Americans are affected by eczema
each day? This increasingly common skin condition is often diagnosed in young children, but can develop later in life.Characterized by the itching, red rash on the skin, eczema can range in severity and location.
While the symptoms of eczema vary greatly from person to person, most experience dry, sensitive skin and are familiar with the itch-scratch cycle that accompanies many forms of eczema, causing pain and discomfort. The site begins to itch, which then triggers the reactionary scratching, which damages the skin, leading to the release of inflammatory reactors in the body, and the cycle begins itself again. (Image source: National Eczema Association)
The most common forms of eczema are atopic dermatitis
, the most severe and chronic form generally beginning in childhood, contact dermatitis
, a reaction when the skin comes into certain substances or allergens such as fabrics, products, or poison ivy, and seborrheic dermatitis
, characterized by red, scaly itchy rash in select location on the body such as the scalp, nose, eyelids, the head (dandruff).While eczema is not contagious and cannot be cured, there are measures you can take to help manage your eczema.
- Topical and oral medications can help lessen the severity of itching, swelling and redness at the sites.
- Patch-tests available by appointment can be instrumental in deciphering if an allergen is to cause for your eczema.
- Be mindful of which lotions and body washes you are using can reduce symptoms as well. Gentle cleansers that are fragrance free are best.
- Thicker creams will provide more moisturizing capabilities than lighter lotions. Something like the Avene’s Trixera Emollient Balm, Sorbolene Cream, and Aveeno Eczema Therapy are a few of our top choices.
- Watch your triggers. Weather, stress, allergens in the environment, chemicals, etc. can all have an affect on your eczema.
If you are living with eczema and struggling to keep your symptoms under control, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Help can be as simple as switching out the produts you are using.If this is your first time learning about eczema, please take a moment to watch this video
and meet many of the common faces of those who are dealing with this condition every day.Thank you for helping our efforts to spread awareness during Eczema Awareness Month! For more information follow along on Facebook
and visit the National Eczema Association