Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects people of all ages – from infancy through adulthood. Outbreaks typically show up on the face, scalp, or hands, but they can happen on any part of the body.
Common eczema symptoms include:
- Intense itchiness
- Extremely dry skin
- Red and irritated skin
- Small blisters that may ooze
- Crusting and thickening of the skin
Experienced dermatologists agree that eczema is caused by a combination of factors, including:
- Genetics and a tendency to run in families
- Abnormal function of the body’s immune system
- Environmental factors
Midwest Dermatology’s skin experts can assure you that eczema is:
- Not contagious, and can’t be caught from exposure to other people
- Not an allergic reaction
- Sometimes a condition that babies and children may outgrow
As a chronic, or reoccurring condition, eczema isn’t cured, but Midwest Dermatology can and does treat it effectively. Our dermatology team focuses on two aspects to help people with eczema, including:
- Managing eczema’s triggers to prevent outbreaks; and
- Treating the symptoms of eczema outbreaks when they do occur.
Eczema triggers don’t cause eczema, but they can and do cause the condition to flare up and become worse. The most common eczema triggers are:
- Skin irritants ranging from certain soaps and cleansers to perfume and cigarette smoke.
- Activities that dry out the skin, such as prolonged exposure to water or living in a very dry climate.
- Infections that may weaken the body’s immune system.
Eczema symptoms can be treated effectively by a dermatologist. This is especially good news for the 60 percent of eczema patients who experience some form of the condition after age 25. At Midwest Dermatology, our board-certified specialists use a three-step approach:
- Manage the dryness by recommending specific unscented moisturizing soaps, lotions and hand creams with oils that lock in moisture and will not irritate your skin.
- Manage the itch with prescription ointments and creams that take away the itchy sensation and redness.
- Prescription strength topical steroids for mild to moderate eczema.
- Protopic and Elidel prescription medication for moderate to severe eczema.
- Manage your unique skin situation and prevent eczema outbreaks by avoiding hot baths, fragrance products, harsh detergents and other specific items that may aggravate your skin.